Garbage can potatoes, boom or bust?
On our first non rainy day for two weeks or so I went out back and dumped out my three garbage cans used for potato plantings.
I dug out the half can of straw and down into the dirt and about 3/4 of the way down I was pleased to discover there were actually some potatoes. Don't know why I was dumb enough to think the whole can would be full of them, but I was discouraged then amazed when they showed up at all. So, my $35 investment produced about 3 lbs of potatoes. Does it bother me? Surprisingly, no. It was like digging in the dirt and finding a diamond ring.
Next year I'll start earlier and use straw all the way up. Right now the fellas are drying out so I can gently wipe the dirt off and store them. I'm also going to go all containers as our weeds and slugs beat me badly this year.
Gardeners are a strange breed. Even our discouraging experiences make us more excited about next year.