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It's "learn about potato planting" day, including building cages

By Sunday (a root day), we hope to have 10+ pounds of 10 types of potatoes planted.  Some will go in a bed; others will go in cages/containers we'll build on Saturday.  10am - 10:30 will be the class on potato basics.

Sunday afternoon will be the primary planting day, so if Saturday doesn't work for your schedule, come out Sunday afternoon.  Or come to both!

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  • Natalie

    well....I've learned alot about growing potatoes today - over 5000 varieties but three main root types...The preferred PH is acid less than 6? And I guessed correctly China is currently the largest producer of spuds globally - obviously for export unless their diet is changing...? And on that note - I hate to think how they fertilise knowing human excrement is commonly employed for garlic cultivation...uurgh...Marian is a FOUNTAIN of information as usual and always delivers / breaks it down into lay man terms / bite size chunks - to us the 'green and keen' novice gardening folk - in an excellent and entertaining way - and I really need to take notes! :D Today at home I dug up the weeds and will be placing cardboard on my unplanted veg bed section while I figure what to do with it next!

    1 · February 16, 2013

    • Marian W.

      No need to dug down, Joan - build UP! Use the Hugelkultur method we used yesterday - it's not just for potatoes! I'll input the instructions hopefully by tonight. Thanks so much for joining us yesterday!

      February 17, 2013

    • Marian W.

      And Natalie, no need to take notes - like above, I'll put the instructions online. As always, awesome to work with you yesterday. Wait til you see the cutest picture ever we'll post shortly :-).

      February 17, 2013

  • Natalie

    hey Liah I'd love a pick up ;D

    February 15, 2013

    • John M.

      If for some reason Liah can't pick you up, I will come get you at BART. Let me know. John

      February 15, 2013

    • Liah

      i'm getting natalie and we'll see you there!

      February 16, 2013

  • arti

    Cindy and i have to volunteer at the food bank till 1, but we will come later and gawk.

    February 15, 2013

  • Joan S.

    I can swing in for the class and help a bit on the build, but have to takeoff before noon.

    February 14, 2013

    • Marian W.

      That's fine, Joan - the garden ebbs and flows with activity, and somehow the timing always seems to work out. I need to leave by noon as well tomorrow.

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to go with my 4 year old. If that's okay? We don't have much gardening experience as well

    February 15, 2013

    • Marian W.

      Hi, Janette! We'd love to have you and we love introducing children to gardening, but right now our terrain is mindbogglingly uneven. Even adults have to step very carefully as we're building beds and walkways that abound with planks 2" above soil level, double fault lines and cracking clay clods. Of course an option is to come, see the terrain and determine how long it'd be safe to stay. We are definitely not child-proofed. Which reminds me - everyone who hasn't already signed one will need to complete a liability release form tomorrow - I've been quite negligent on this! Thanks so much for asking - I do want you to join us, AND I want everyone to be safe and happy! It's just right now the garden is akin to a game of rugby :-).

      February 15, 2013

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