It has been months since I got something to post for gardening to energize the gardener inside me. Ok, let me talk about the tragedy that had happened in my balcony for weeks. Some weeks back I noticed a tiny sprouted potato left alone in the basket. Also, I had one old pot with a withered croton plant. I thought of replacing the old plant with the new sprouted potato with a curiosity of watching how it grows since I have never seen a potato plant before. So I dug to remove the withered plant completely. The soil was hard it was a bit difficult to remove the fully rooted previous plant. Finally it was done and I buried the sprouted tiny potato inside the pot and covered it with some extra new soil.
You know, I watched it growing day by day with much excitement for the day to dig my treasure to see what has been there so long. You don’t believe I see the plant every morning as soon as I wake up. It grew very fast reaching heights for it couldn’t bare the height and it bend to the ground one day. So, I planted a stick nearby and tied the plant along with it for support. But the curious potato plant grew much faster with no branches and the support which I gave was no longer supportive.
There is a saying that “Empty vessels make noises”. It is sometimes true with plants too. My instincts told me that the plant bears nothing inside. I once heard from my dad that the small bushy groundnut plants will only have more groundnuts rather the one that is grown taller and greener to heights. Applying the same here I decided to dig and see what was there inside. I plucked the plant and nothing was there. Though I knew there is nothing inside I wanted to dig to see one potato to get my deposit potato at least. Thank God, I got one from the added new soil above and there was nothing below.
So, here are the findings:
- Use new soil or manure soil for planting.
- Use loose soil and not the compact mud.
- It needs direct sunlight (I grew it in closed balcony).
- Don’t water it much but sprinkle it with little water every day.
- Don’t be curious to see what is inside but wait for 10 weeks to harvest.
Whatever is the condition planting potatoes will never disappoint you with nothing but at least one as it happened with me. Happy gardening!!
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