Potatoes in a Pot Along with Flowers
Photos and Story by Susan Kramer
1. June 12, 2016 - Front porch: the 15 inch tall pot on left was planted up 6 weeks ago, May 1, 2016, using potting soil with 2 seed potatoes placed in the center of the lower third of pot, and 3 geraniums planted around the outside edge. Now the potatoes have grown through the center and will make a canopy above the geraniums.
After the potato plants bloom and dry out, I will gently tilt the pot onto a plastic cloth and pick out the new potatoes, then replace the soil and replant the geraniums in the top of the soil. This is an experiment I am looking forward to later in summer, before first frost. (Note: harvested July 20, 2016.) The plants face the southeast so get morning and early afternoon sun.
2. July 3, 2016 - The potted potato plant with geraniums is almost up to the rail.
3. July 20, 2016 - Notice how the leaves of the potato plants have dried up showing they are ready to harvest.
4. July 20, 2016 - First I carefully scooped out the 3 trailing geraniums to replant after lifting out the new potatoes.
5. July 20, 2016 - I sat the geraniums in a bucket while waiting to be replanted.
6. July 20, 2016 - The dried up stems have been pulled out of the pot, and with my hands I dug through the potting soil to lift out the new potatoes, seen in the white pan.
7. July 25, 2016 - The geraniums have been repotted and are doing well.
Open Ground Potato Patch:
8. May 22, 2016 - Potatoes have emerged in open ground after 3 weeks planting on May 1st. Swiss chard on the left of photo, potatoes in the center. As of July 25, 2016 I have not harvested the new potatoes.