Project Potato, week #4:
This week's growth was noticeable. So much, in fact, that we found we needed to add more leafy mulch around the plants.
The French Fingerling sprouted earlier than the Katahdin and Red Pontiac; however, all three varieties are now growing in leaps and bounds. Jewel and Tuba Boy did help put a small amount of straw around the growing plants, but they said their favorite part so far was planting the potatoes. I can understand that. I'm the same way---I love to start projects! Maintenance, on the other hand, is not always my strong suit.
On Monday, my guy and I did many things together.
We had a picnic of sorts.
We jumped off the rocks around the duck pond,
and threw rocks into the duck pond.
And while we were very busy doing those things, we also managed to tend our adopted garden at Terra Dei.
For those of you unfamiliar with Terra Dei, this is the first straw bale residence in Pennsylvania, built at Camp Lutherlyn. My husband and I were involved with the construction of Terra Dei, and we were blessed to be its first occupants.
Lutherlyn's vision with Terra Dei (which means "God's Earth") is to provide an extension of the Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program, a place where campers and students on field trips come to learn more about what they can do to help take care of God's creation. Part of the homestead includes an organic garden, where many summer campers have the opportunity to come learn the why's and how's of organic gardening and integrated pest management. It's a fantastic opportunity, particularly for the campers who have no previous experience in a garden. During the summer, the camp actually hires a gardener/teacher to tend the garden and teach 3-4 cabin groups each day. (I know what you're thinking; it is a dream job!)
These are the two beds that Tuba Boy and I have been popping in to help with here and there until the summer gardener arrives.
The potatoes that we planted three weeks ago are coming along very nicely. They are actually tall enough to pull a little soil closer under the leaves.
Today we sowed lettuce and spinach seed. As on many fun gardening days, the hose got a little out of control and Tuba Boy's leg became wet in the process.Do you have any fun garden spots that you have adopted?