How it all Began
This year my husband Tim, and I decided to go all out with our urban garden and started planting as many fruits and vegetables as we could fit in our back yard.
It opened up the door to grow new things that I've never seen in a home garden, heck I've never seen grown anywhere.
Growing vegetables in an urban setting is very uncommon, especially living in Los Angeles county. We are city folk.
So here's where my all time favorite vegetable comes in, the potato.
My dad didn't give me the nick name Tato Lady for nothing. I had to add those puppies into my garden!
Maybe you live in the city too, and love potatoes. I hope this post will get you excited about growing them in your own backyard.
Give them a shot. You don’t have much to lose, other than a potato or two.
But before I continue with the potato experiment, I'd like to add that this is my very first blog post ever, so welcome!
Now back to the experiment, so Tim and I took a trip to the Tractor and Supply store for the first time and wowzies!
I. Was. In. Heaven! Tim was in his man heaven with all of the tools and machines, yea I’ve thrown the name Tim the Tool Man Taylor at him before too.
I instantly gravitated toward the isles of fruit trees, seeds and plants and found a nice white paper bag of Yukon Gold. Mmm those are one of my favorite varieties of potatoes!
Them potatoes that have that soft edible skin and are creamy yellow on the inside. I thought to myself, I've gotta have these in my garden!
So in they went into my shopping cart with the rest of the gotta have seeds and sets.
To Follow the Instructions, or Not
When I got home, I immediately wanted to know what I got myself into when we purchased those potato seeds, so I pulled out the package and took a look at the instructions on the back.
And the whole backside was nothing but instructions!
Hmm there were a few extra steps than what I had imagined there to be. Nothing too crazy that I can't handle, until I saw the matter of digging a trench....
Well I guess I'll have Tim, The Muscle (it's what I call him when it comes to home renovation matters) to do that part.
I finally decided to open the bag and realized that a potato seed is just a potato with buds on it, go figure.
I went ahead and placed some potatoes in my kitchen window sill to start the budding and warming process as instructed. They sat there for a whole week, plus some because we sure as heck weren’t having 60-70 degree weather.
It was fun watching them sit there on my window as I was getting ready to tackle the next steps of slicing and trenching.
Looking For Another Way
I walked outside to my garden and was contemplating which areas I was going to fill with these potatoes.
I got a bit frustrated and asked the Lord,
Does it Really Have to be so Complicated?
My mind was bogged down with the thought of:
How was I going to find the space for not only the potatoes but also all of the other delights I had purchased?
I also didn't want to create a trench in my lovely Back to Eden garden bed.
That night I decided to look up videos about the Back to Eden method for inspiration and advice.
I'd like to take a moment at this point and thank the Lord for working the Holy Spirit through Paul Gautschi who has inspired me and many others to not only grow our own food, but to start my own dialogue with God.
Paul has a close connection with our Creator and he seeks Him diligently for advice with the quandaries of everyday life.
I've learned a lot from videos of Paul's garden tour experiences that people shared online and my prayers were answered!
I can now, in faith, proceed with the Back to Eden method and it really doesn't have to be all that complicated!
Simple Method to Plant a Potato
The process is so simple, I chose to forego the traditional method of sowing potato seeds.
I trusted in faith (because it is going to take a lot of faith to go against the conventional way that we humans, do things) that my Creator knows best.
Here's how its done:
There's no sitting by the windowsill, waiting, no slicing, and waiting, no trenching, and waiting, no hilling, and no stabbing the potatoes with a fork while harvesting them.
Yes, I'm in!
So there goes all my potatoes in a basket, or should I say, wood chip basket?
Seeds of Faith
Taking a leap of faith is the reason why I dubbed this blog post, The Potato Experiment: Seeds of Faith.
I love how the bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 (See Above). It applies perfectly to this experiment.
I've sown a seed into the ground having high hopes that it will flourish while trusting that the Lord will provide because He is able.
It's definitely a blessing whether I get even one potato out of this as I've taken the first step to grow one of the most versatile and appetizing vegetables out there.
And of course, growing your own food means that there will not be any chemicals, pesticides, or heavy metals (granted your soil isn't contaminated) and there will be optimum nutrition, especially if you've provided a living and thriving soil environment.
Why This Method Works
This potato experiment will be ongoing for a few months as my potatoes grow and revelations unfold.
Here's what I've learned as of now:
Growing new vegetables in your garden is not only rewarding but also exercises your faith muscles.
You can always start your own potato garden with one of those potatoes you have in your pantry that are starting to sprout little buds. Go ahead and stick that into your wood chip garden this spring and see what happens.
I hope the potato experiment has sparked your interest in trying a different method of planting this spring, whether this is your first time planting potatoes or a seasoned grower of them.
Test your faith and gardening skills as I have and start a new potato crop this season.
Please comment below with your experience, have you tried this method before? Send over some of your helpful tips and tricks.
Updates are soon to come, Happy Gardening!