I'm borrowing an expression from my brother here, to describe the potato "harvest" this year.
It was laughable. Wanna see?
I can't stop laughing--and crying.
I've learned some things though, and here they are:
1. The tire thing doesn't work, because it produced lots of very skinny, long, leafless stems and no potatoes.
2. Stuffing straw into the tires instead of dirt does not make the potato plants make more potatoes. Whoever said that it works was lying.
3. Mice like to live in the tires and (probably) eat potatoes.
UGH. This is disappointing.
I have a plan for next year, though. I have accumulated a lot of tires in this project, so I'm going to use them for things like raised beds for other plants, like carrots, which in my dirt, always need raised beds. Also, I will not use straw to hill up the plants. I will just make sure I have plenty of dirt around.
We live and learn, ay?
As to my dinky little "harvest" above, I will try to save them for seed. It would be nice if some good came from this after all.