Goodbye 2015 and hello…strawberries?

So I’m thinking that Central Texas has decided that we won’t be participating in winter this year. Outside of one VERY brief cold spell in December, it hasn’t dropped below freezing at all. In fact, just yesterday I was painting the chicken coop and sweating in the 70 degree sunny weather.

Needless to say – all of this weather nonsense has my plants very confused. My avocado tree is blooming, so is my lime tree, and my Sequoia strawberries must believe it’s June because they’ve decided to bear some fruit. I guess I’ll get on board with this since there’s not much I can do to stop it. Strawberry jam is coming soon!

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I can’t wait to eat these strawberries – they look super tasty!
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Can you tell I’m excited for strawberries?

In addition to strawberries – we are hoping to harvest and enjoy some Yukon Gold potatoes very shortly as well. We purchased some seed potatoes this weekend and constructed a quick and easy potato tower to save some space in our raised beds. We constructed ours using some rebar stakes and chicken wire – super easy and only about 3 feet high. Then we lined the outside with some straw, filled the interior with potting soil, and planted our 10 seed potatoes. According to the infinite wisdom I’ve obtained from Google – this should give us 60 – 100 potatoes in just a few months!

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Inside the potato tower
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All along the potato tower – no reason to get excited.

Any tips/tricks out there for growing potatoes?

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2 thoughts on “Goodbye 2015 and hello…strawberries?

  1. Oh, I wish Oregon had decided to skip winter as well! It never snows here, but it’s definitely not warm enough for strawberries for another few months!

    I’ve grown Yukon Gold potatoes in a tower for a couple of years now, and all I can recommend is to mix equal parts sand and some kind of manure in with your soil each time you pile it up. The potatoes seem to like that 🙂

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