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READER UPDATE! Cindi’s potatoes in Pennsylvania

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin

Remember back in May, when we featured the potato garden Cindi Martin created in feed mill conveyor belt buckets in her garden in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania? I’ve reposted the original photo at the top of the page (1st photo) but you can see the original post HERE. Well, Cindi thought we might like an update on her harvest!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin

She says, “As you can see, we got a lot of little red potatoes for eating (this was only half the harvest), Yum! Even shared some with a friend who was there to see it in person.” I have to say, I had my doubts, but I was wong! Thanks so much, Cindi, for sharing your harvest (at least digitally) with us.

**Just for fun, Cindi also sent in some shots of her daylilies. She says that each one is a total surprise since none were in bloom when she bought them. What fun!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cindi Martin

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  1. duckcovegardening 07/02/2012

    When I saw your first post, I thought it was an ingenious reuse of the conveyor belt - now, I'm thinking how really practical it was and so much easier to harvest with less bending and hoeing. And, your daylilies are each so magnificent!

  2. JuleMG 07/02/2012

    I love seeing all kinds of gardening photos. Thanks for including this.

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    meander_michaele 07/02/2012

    With a harvest like that, you sure can't argue with success! And, it sure seems like Cindi won the daylily lottery to get such particularly lovely blooms.

  4. janet1954 07/02/2012

    I really like the great way growing potatoes.Thans a great idea.

  5. tractor1 07/02/2012

    Like Michelle I had my doubts as well, so I'm very suprized that there wre any potatoes at all as they don't do well in large containers and those are small. I think for next season I'd plant the spud crop directly in the ground and use those buckets for growing mixed baby salad greens. The assorted daylilies are each unique. Um, I'll have my spuds boiled in their skins, chilled with sourcream and fresh dillweed. Thanks for the update.

  6. cwheat000 07/02/2012

    Î have been scanning through dayliliy catalogs and websites to purchase daylilies for my own garden. When I saw your beautiful daylilies, I immediately had fun trying to guess which ones you have. I am pretty sure the purple one is Strutter's Ball. The lighter pink is quite possibly Barbara Mitchell. The smaller light colored one with a rose/purple throat is probably a Siloam dayliliy ( Siloam Gumdrop or Siloam Virginia Henson). I have seen the other two, but I can't remember their names. Blue ridge daylily and Oakes daylily webites have over 2000 varieties. I will let you know if I come across them again. What great potluck plants you wound up with. Most of my local nurseries have the same 3 or 4 varieties every season. I am falling in love with daylilies now that I have tapped into the vast varieties that are out there. Check out Dave's garden top five daylily growers. Buying for someone who specializes in them makes a huge difference. The plants are huge and super healthy and actually cheaper than most local nurseries. I love the spud/veggie container, too.

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    meander_michaele 07/02/2012

    Hi, cwheat000, Oakes Daylilies is in my neck of the woods and I love to make a visit there at least once a year. Their display gardens are just beautiful and each variety is usually presented in a generous clump so you can really tell what they are going to look like. I decided to make my visit this year towards the end of the bloom period so I can decide on a few late season bloomers to order come fall or spring. There are two other growers within driving range...Sunshine Hollow and Champion Daylilies. This time of year I come down with a serious case of daylily fever!

  8. Cinders13 07/02/2012

    Thanks for all the kind words. The first half of the harvest was May 15th followed by the second half the last week of May. We have boiled them, put them in pot roasts, and grilled them in foil with onions and peppers. Good no matter how we fix them because we grew them. The field behind the hanging garden is not ours. We have only a 1 acre house lot with lots of flowers, bushes, and trees. When we add the deck on the back of the house, we want to build a couple raised bed gardening boxes close to where we grill so we can have the veggies right there fresh for on our burgers :) Yes, the one day lily is Strutter's Ball, one is Early Bird Cardinal, and another is Jolyene Nichole. I have others that have not bloomed yet. Anxiously awaiting! I have an Oakes catalog and see many I may consider in the future.

  9. cwheat000 07/02/2012

    Meander1, i'm jealous. It would actually be dangerous if i lived within driving distance to all those great growers. I can't really complain; there are some wonderful places to visit in CT also. If you do visit Oakes, I would love to know what was awesome in person and what you bought. Thanks for the tip on the other two growers, I will definitely check them out.

  10. cwheat000 07/02/2012

    cinders13- thanks for the update on the variety names. I had fun guessing. Enjoy your wonderful garden.

  11. crazeknot 07/04/2012

    What a neat way to plant potatoes. Also Cindi daylilies are beautiful. I think daylilies are so pretty & I have the red one in my garden. Shasta daisy is another one,that are my daughter's favorite. Every year,on the 4th of July is my daughter B-Day. The theme is Red,White & Blue, from the food,drinks & dessert. I surprise her with a bouquet of flowers from my flower garden,that go with the theme. I want to wish everyone a happy 4th & be safe. Peace-Out LC

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