“Auntie, come look at my potatoes! They’re SO BIG!”
When kids help plant vegetables, they get really excited about seeing them grow. Truth be told, I’m almost as impressed by the rapid growth of our potatoes.
It’s not too late to plant your own. They’re fairly easy, fun, and the taste of fresh, homegrown potatoes is incredible. Organic Gardening has a nice piece on 7 different methods of growing potatoes.
A note about mulching potatoes
Mulching potatoes makes them more productive. Normal people mulch with straw, compost, or soil. I am mulching with shredded pine and olive trimmings, because thanks to the generosity of the city tree workers, my request for “some” of their shredded trimmings netted me an entire driveway full of mulch.
The potato plants seem happy, but we’ll have to wait until autumn to see if the wood chip mulch affects their productivity. You might want to stick with straw or compost.