You can see Ben helping out by adding a 20 mm layer of cow manure to the bottom of this row.
I also learnt last year that the seed potatoes with only one eye performed better (more and bigger potatoes) than the spuds with two. So as I had chitted the seed potatoes for about a week, I removed any shoots in excess of one with a quick twist. I choose the biggest and strongest shoots.
Ben then planted the seed potatoes, eye facing upwards, about 25 cm (10 inches) apart. We then backfilled and watered well. We planted five rows in this bed and completely filled it. Once the first shoots appear, we will mound them up and mulch heavily with the remaining lucerne straw that I saved.
On to the smaller bed. As it is at the front and has lots of space around it, I chose to plant two varieties of pumpkin this year. Queensland blue for its storage properties, and Butternut for its taste.
I cheated this year as I wanted to get an early start on the season, so I bought seedlings from the nursery.
These should be massive. What possessed me to take a picture of just the label is beyond me, but when the plants get a bit larger, there will be more photographic evidence! With care, they should start running all over the front yard and give me lots of pumpkins for harvesting mid Autumn.
As no further frosts are likely, I decided to get in some capsicums (bell peppers),
and some long yellow capsicums. I chose not to plant these near chili bushes this year because last year nature presented me with a gift. It cross-pollinated the chilis and the long yellow, to make a very hot yellow capsicum! A big surprise when I bit into one in the garden whilst foraging at lunch time.
These are Kim’s favourite capsicums. She uses them in salads and stir frys during the warmer months of the year. With nine plants, there should be a bumper crop.