In The Garden – Potatoes & Prickles
This week ‘In The Garden’: Potatoes and prickles.
While cooking chickpeas I reached into my bag of potatoes only to find that all have ‘sprouted’ legs. Ok not quite legs, but sprouted none the less. Which makes them no good for cooking but it left me wondering what would happen if I were to plant them into the garden? New potatoes would be unlikely I guess, but that’s not why I’ve got the urge to pop them back into the ground. Nope, I’ll do it for the flowers. I’ve got to be careful what I plant in the back garden of the house because my hens made short work of my cauliflower seedlings and just about everything else they can get their beaks on, but from memory they don’t eat the potato plants (and celery is also quite safe, they won’t eat that either). So very shortly I’m going to head out and replant these rather sad looking potatoes to see what happens and tonight eat Chana Masala without potatoes, but I’m sure it will taste great anyway. I’ve read they should be planted with the ‘sprouts’ downwards so I’ve done just that. We’ll see what comes up (if anything).
A few days later I made a shocking impulse buy. No, I wasn’t clothes shopping, or shoes, not even groceries, no I was searching for a berry shrub, a small to medium size one. It was early evening, nearly closing time when I wandered in off the street, which sounds more sinister than it actually is. I found my way to the fruiting shrubs section and promptly started talking to the really nice plants attendant who was going about her ‘near closing time’ ritual. So just to prove I truly can’t multi-task picked up a random blackberry while still chatting away to the lady. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was strolling out of the shop with the said blackberry paid for and wrapped up safely for the journey home. It wasn’t until I got in the car I thought to actually check to see what size this little green bundle of joy would grow up to be. Shock horror! 2m x 4m tall!! I will truly end up creating a monster.
I must admit it took me a few days of looking at this wee prickly plant and then gaze off into the garden to find the perfect spot because a full grown plant of this size would not fit in with the ‘grand plan’ of my garden – I simply have not allocated enough space for something of that size. Thankfully after listening to ideas from various people this ‘little’ prickly “Blackberry True Bliss” will hopefully live upto his name of ‘bliss’ once it fruits and do a double job of maybe covering up the plain looking corrugated iron fence that can be seen from the kitchen window. Off course the ‘back yard’ is chicken territory and the jolly plant wasn’t even in the ground for 30 seconds before the hens had already attempted to trample all over the new green shoots while searching for earth-worms in the newly dug up soil. This was one of those times when I don’t have enough hands so I left my Blackberry un-guarded for a few minutes while I dashed across the yard to grab the old side of a metal animal cage to place over the top. That should hold the hens off until Blackberry Prickle is big enough to fend them off by sheer size alone. Well, I certainly hope so anyway.
Until next time – happy gardening!