Starting Potato Cultivation in a Home Garden
Last November, I began a home garden at a community garden plot. One of the things I’m growing is potatoes, and I received some advice on when to plant them from a neighbor in the adjacent plot.
When I checked on them recently, all of the potato sprouts had emerged!
At first, I was relieved to see that all the sprouts of the potatoes had emerged successfully. When I went to check, all the sprouts of the potatoes had indeed emerged! The Kitaakari, which was planted without cutting the seed potatoes after sprouting, grew slightly faster and bigger, while the Danshaku, which was cut and then planted, germinated a little later. There was a slight difference between them.
The person who gave me advice on the timing of planting potatoes greeted me in the morning and immediately said,
“Your potato sprouts are out!”
and shared my joy.
I was grateful for their advice to cover the sprouts with soil since it still gets chilly at night.
They also warned me to be careful when using mulch, as exposure to frost can cause the plants to turn yellow, even if they don’t wither.
Since I couldn’t imagine frost at this time of year, I was a bit careless, but their valuable advice saved me. Even though the weather forecast doesn’t suggest frost, hearing from someone with experience tells me that it’s certainly possible. I’ll be more cautious going forward.”
Advice on fertilizing onions.
The person who gave me advice seemed to be concerned about the fact that the onions I was growing were not growing very large. So, I received detailed advice on fertilization methods.
They showed me a method of digging a shallow trench perpendicular to the rows, every other row, and sprinkling fertilizer lightly in the trench.
The onions they were growing were very beautiful and had grown to a good size. They didn’t use mulch, but instead used rice husks for frost protection.
Another person I talked to was growing very large onions, but they said they thought they were over-fertilizing, and that balance is important. This was a lesson I learned this time.
By the way, they said it’s already time to remove the mulch.”
Fun Encounters and Experiences in Home Gardening
Growing vegetables in a community garden is not only enjoyable, but it also provides opportunities to meet new people and receive kind advice from them.
Even when I am not in the garden, it warms my heart to know that others care about my crops, and I am truly grateful for those who take the time to teach me.
Perhaps this type of human interaction is unique to community gardens and may be difficult to find in a home garden.
As the season progresses, I look forward to more days like today, where I can spend the morning enjoying the garden and the company of others. For me, the joy of home gardening is intertwined with the opportunity to connect with people.