It all started with an email about purple gnocchi…
Tonight I found myself at my sewing table making a dozen ‘Tater Totes’ that will be used to plant potatoes in our garden this year. We’ve had a small vegetable garden for the past couple of years, but this will be our first try at growing our own potatoes…It all started in February with an email from my sister about Purple Gnocchi.
Theresa at Island Vittles wrote a great post about making purple gnocchi – that made my mouth water and inspired the idea that I could grow my own potates in our garden.
So I began a search for seed potatoes that lead me to Eagle Creek Farms – and I placed an order for seed potatoes – Russian Blue, Caribe, peanut fingerling among others.
I received a notice that my potatoes are on their way, and so I find myself at my sewing machine with reams of lanscape fabric whipping up bags to house my potatoes! The bags are made from landscape fabric with a whole in the bottom. You simply plant your seed potato shallow in the ground and place the bag over top, and as the plant grows, you fill the bag with more soil and unroll the top of the bag. The potato plant will produce tubers along the root, and since they’re growing in a bag, you’ll know right where to find all of your potatoes when harvest time comes. The bags are also super easy to make – and much cheaper to make than buy. I made 11 from one $15.00 roll of landscaping fabric – potato growning bags I’ve seen online are selling for $11-$12 each!
Now all we need is better weather so we can get out there and get planting!