A tiny potato harvest

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Wee potatoes! No bigger than ‘biggie’ marbles, a couple were smaller than ‘smallies’ and one was the size of a tiny one.

I thought it would be fun to plant some spuds that sprouted in the cupboard. That was November. This is about 10 weeks worth of growth in a small planter box, about 6 inches tall. We got tall stalks and bushy leaves for a good few weeks before epic snail attacks. These midget spuds survived.

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Not sure if they’re safe to eat when they’re little, but they’re not green so maybe it’s worth a try? They’d look nice with a blob of sour cream and chive.

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Today I discovered the neighbours’ giant cat likes to sit in my veggie patch. Not sure how I feel about that. I guess if it’s a sunning spot, it’s less likely to be used as a toilet. I can deal with squashed carrot tops so long as they mostly survive.

That said, some of my plants in the veggie bed are not thriving. Okay, maybe one isn’t thriving and it’s the one I’ve most got my eye on. The tomato isn’t doing well at all. In fact, every tomato that goes in there winds up stunted or dying. This weekend, I plan to overhaul all the things. And come up with a better system for managing it all. It’s time to be less of a fartabout and try following the planting calendars for Perth’s climate (southern hemisphere tropical).

Gardenate has been great for that. It’s a website and app with planting schedules, guides and a personal garden diary. I’m so enthralled by it that I’ve bought both the Android and iOS versions. Totally recommended, though I wish the personal diary was cloud-based.

Here are some pictures of cats.

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