Permaculturing in Portugal

One family's attempts to live in a more planet-friendly way

Raising potatoes

A week ago, the potato bin looked like this

Sprouting potatoes in potato bin

Now it looks like this, so time to add another layer.

Sprouting potatoes in potato bin

Both the cats and the dog were showing interest in the bin today. There was a fresh mound of soil at one outside corner. Voles. I briefly thought about dismantling the whole thing, stapling wire across the bottommost layer of the box, then carefully replanting all the potatoes. Briefly. The lack of any suitable wire anywhere about the place relegated the job to the to-do list for the next crop. I will probably regret this, given the damage voles did to our root vegetables last year, but if nothing else it will give an indication of just how much of a crop they’re capable of eating if left to their own devices. Perhaps I’ll end up harvesting a sackful of voles instead of a sackful of potatoes …

I also discovered what an enormous quantity of compost and soil I’m going to need to fill this box. A full barrow-load went in today and if growth rates are maintained, I’ll need the same again in less than a week.

Sprouting potatoes in potato bin/barrel

Sprouting potatoes in potato bin/barrel

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  1. sarah April 11, 2011

    place an empty bottle, neck up into the mounds the moles/voles have made, they hate the noise of the wind/breeze travelling over the mouth of the bottle, they will find somewhere else, you may of course have to drink alot of beer first!!!!

  2. Quinta do Vale April 11, 2011

    Love it!! Serendipitously, I just happen to have taken a bucketload of empties for recycling up to the car not half an hour ago … Hmmm … maybe that’s a bit of a shame …

  3. Quinta do Vale April 11, 2011

    Well let’s hope it works!

    Vole deterrents round the potato bin

    Vole deterrents round the potato bin

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