Plant spuds for firm, fresh flavour
Have you tried growing your own potatoes in the vegie patch?
The rewards are great, fresh firm potatoes, ready to bake, chip, fry, boil or mash.
Nothing seems to replace the taste of homegrown product.
In the Fitzgerald Street community garden bed, the ground was well prepared with mulch and organic material worked in over the past five years. Now this soil is rich and friable. The potatoes were planted in rows in channels about 15cm deep, 30cm apart, with eyes up and the soil raked back in. Make the rows about 45cm apart. Blood and bone was added to the channels before planting.
It takes a while for them to push through, so make sure the ground is kept moist.
Always use certified disease-free tubers to prevent fungus, rot or other diseases entering your garden beds.
Once they were all up and powering away, straw was added and heaped up around each plant.
Blood and bone or Seasol fertiliser can be added to the straw and the potatoes feed off it and spuds will form in it.
There is still time to plant in the vegie patch — potatoes are OK along with most root crops, carrots, turnips, parsnips or silver beet and broccoli.
Check the Gardening Australia site recommendations for your area. One thing to remember is later planting may suffer pest attacks when the spring bursts forth with moths and caterpillars.
We have planted some peanuts and they have come through, although they may be a bit late.
Breaking news for lovers of our amazing wildflowers: Friends of Geraldton Gardens and the City of Greater Geraldton are organising bus tours during the Goodness festival in August. The City has constructed art pieces that are being placed in Greenough, Walkaway, Mullewa and Pindar to celebrate the diversity of our region.
Two tours are scheduled for August 10 and 24.
Two more tours scheduled for August 14 and 21 are shorter tours to Greenough and around Geraldton.
Further information can be found at the City, the visitor centre and Pollinators.
Bookings can be made through Pollinators.
Potatoes before straw is added.