Pam and Larry Barron loved the very old, large cherry tree in their back yard. The piece of barbed wire fence through the middle of it gave the tree extra character. But one night after dark, the tree dropped a very large limb into their yard, barely missing their neighbor’s fence. That was when they first realized the tree was diseased and would have to be professional removed. The removal left a large crater of a stump in their yard, and Pam was determined to find a function for it.
And so was born theTater Tree Project. In February, Pam began to prepare the soil with coffee grounds to make it more acidic. When the ground temperature reached 50 degrees, she planted Yukon Gold potatoes in her prepared plot. Pam planted her potatoes on March 22nd, hoping they would do well. The last couple of late frosts took a bit of a toll, but the potatoes seemed to be making a comeback.
However, there are other forces at work, including evidence of rabbits. The site is far enough from the house that it’s been difficult to keep an eye on.
Pam says she plans to do something else with the site for the 2019 gardening season. Some gardening experiments work and others don’t, as well all know. But there are always ideas and challenges in the gardening world.