Earlier this week The Hubs and I dug in (literally) to our garbage tubs to see what we had for potatoes and onions. Since I last shared photos, the onion greens had really shriveled up and our potato leaves had started to brown too. Both signs that they were finished and ready to dig up.
The Good: The potatoes. I was a little nervous about how many we would get. We didn’t ever add the third load of dirt we were supposed to according to the directions we’d found online, and with our extra hot summer, I was afraid the browning we took for ‘finished potatoes’ was actually ‘I’m thirsty, why aren’t you watering me?’. Thank goodness the former was true. We didn’t quite make the 100 pounds of potatoes I was hoping for, but we have a pretty full bowl and a range of sizes. It turned into a bit of a treasure hunt to sift through the dirt, plans and rocks at the bottom, I thought it was fun. I’d give it another shot next year with the third load of dirt and see how much of an increase we get.
The Bad: The onions. More disappointing than bad really. Almost all of them grew but I think they put more effort into the greens than the bulbs. The entire two bins worth of onions fit nicely into a strawberry pint basket.
For your reference, this is the largest onion of the bunch.
The Squishy: One unnerving thing we ran into a couple of times where damp, slimy, empty potato skins. It only happened a couple of times, but still, eww. I’m thinking about how we would change things up for the onions next year. I’ve got some research to do but I’m not ready to give up on it yet. I’ll just treat them as cocktail onions in the meantime!