However, when I think about what we produce, we have everything except a decent starchy staple cro[ that could be used as a carbohydrate in a meal if required. I think that potatoes will be the easiest option (although I'm intrigued by some of the unique cereal suggestions on this blog AND we have some very vigorously growing arrowroot, which is supposed to be good for flour, I just haven't tried it yet).
So I have decided to have a decent go at potatoes this season, following the method seen here (or the results seen there anyway, now I see that the method was actually sent to me in an email) combined with some info from here. Apparently a large container was used. So I have an empty drum with the bottom cut out, that was previously used for compost, and I'm now building up a compost/manure mix in preparation. Then I'll get some decent seed potatoes (doing things properly this time, although the disappointment will be worse if it doesn't work, I'll have nothing to blame!) and when they have finished growing I can tip the drum over, fork out the potatoes and put the rest of the compost on the garden.
|My potato drum (right) next to my weed tea drum and compost bin.|
|My potato drum filled with manure, comfrey, compost, |
hay, lantana that we pulled out.