August 5th, 2010
Remember that layer bulb pot I did way back in March? Well, the little gems have all popped up and are doing their very best to brighten up dull winter days with their cheerful little yellow flowers! Don’t you just love it when things work out? Bulbs can be like that. Plant and forget, then enjoy the surprise when they do their thing. Spring really is on its way!
The hydrangea cuttings I popped into a pot when I was cutting back my hydrangeas have all got leaves on them too. So, plants for nothing!!! Very pleased with that, if I do say so myself! And I do!
Another surprise waited down in the back corner of the garden, the old potato pot. The story here is that while cleaning out my pantry I came across an old potato beginning to sprout. It was trying so very hard I thought I would give it a hand and so put it into a big black pot and covered it with some old compost. I have done this little trick before and it is always worth giving it a go.
As the plant grows you just cover the poor little thing with soil or compost or hay until you get to the top of the pot. The potato plant gets into the game by pushing up leaves and putting out roots into the new soil all the way to the top of the pot. Then you have a potato plant to enjoy, and really they are pretty just like that. But there is more. Not at this stage but soon….The potato flowers in spring, spreading roots all the while then dies, and you are left with a pot of potatoes! As well as the potatoes you get some super improved soil to use in the vege plot. Talking of which, my broad beans have started getting flowers. Very exciting!