Smell Like Dirt

In Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood

The Spud-O-Matic!

The Great Potato Experiment of 2008! We don’t grow many vegetables, but each year, I have the urge to do something people-food related, so this year we’re trying a method of growing potatoes in a small space that we’ve dubbed the Spud-O-Matic. We will be posting updates on our success (or not), and will hopefully finish with a video of us enjoying a great potato salad. So, for all you backyard gardeners, watch and see if this is something you would like to try and if you do, please send us comments or pictures on your experience. Credit for this method goes to David Blackley at Renfrow Hardware in Matthews, NC, but we will take all the blame if it doesn’t work due to silly rookie mistakes.


  Ben wrote @

Great post!
Home grown potatoes are the best.
I might try this to save some space in my vegetable garden this season.


  renee wrote @

I’m so sad I missed the last HAWK meeting of the season, spring is travel time for me and my art.

I can’t listen to the video, unfortunately, because I’m at work, but it looks like we have similar potato experiments going on. I’m trying with hay, like it was mentioned in Mother Earth News.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

I was also wondering if you contributed the wonderful wildlife habitat guide in the Matthews Record? I was sooo glad to see it!

  randall wrote @

I have begun this process and have just added my first layer of leaves on top of the plants. It seems to really be working according to plan.

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