Cooking with Katie


Gardening Tips: Planting Potatoes

In our garden this year, we decided to try something new and kinda different; we planted potatoes! They are super low-maintenance, and they’re fun for kids to help with. My brothers got a kick out of seeing the “eyes” on the potatoes turn into plants!

Start by taking some old, gross, nasty, horrible-smelling, rotten potatoes that have grown eyes and roots and everything and cut them into chunks. They need some eyes, roots, and potato flesh on each chunk.

Then dig a hole about 6-8 inches deep and place the potato in it.

Cover it with dirt and give it plenty of water for the first few weeks. The first sprouts should start popping up within 1-2 weeks of planting the potatoes. The sprouts will have thick stems and hearty, dark green leaves on them when they first pop up. Do NOT mistake them for weeds! 😉These are the plants right now. We’ll dig up the potatoes in the fall, and I can’t wait to see if they worked! Have fun!


Gardening Tips! Brussels Sprouts

20120226-121034.jpg
I’ve decided to start something new on my blog, Gardening Tips! Last spring, my family and I thought it would be fun to start a garden in our backyard, and we grew so many delicious fruits and veggies. So I thought that with the spring season coming up, I would start sharing some tips and tricks to having a vegetable garden. First up, our Brussel Sprout Experience!

20120303-094745.jpg
This is a Brussel sprout plant. We let ours get a little out of control and didn’t pick the ones at the bottom soon enough, though. To have an even more healthy and productive plant, tie them up to stakes so that they stand up tall and check on them regularly to pick off the ones growing at the bottom. They probably won’t be good to eat, but you’ll want to pick them off anyway.

20120303-095020.jpg
These sprouts are actually growing new brussels sprout plants right now, which is the outcome of us not picking them soon enough. 🙂 This is good for this spring, though, because we’ll have new plants!

20120303-095236.jpg
These brussels sprouts are not good to eat!

20120303-095409.jpg
These are the ones you want to eat!

20120303-095529.jpg
Just use a knife to cut them away from the stem and then give them a good rinse once you get inside!

My mom just steamed these brussels sprouts and we always eat them by dipping them in vinegar. I know it sounds weird, but that’s how my mom’s grandparents taught her and that’s the only you’ll ever get any of us kids to go near them! I’ll try to post more gardening tips these next few months,so enjoy!