February 10, 2011
Nature Hacking / Growing Potatoes Vertically
This is something I want to try this year. Apparently, you can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet of land! How? By growing them vertically in a box.
Basically, you build a box with removable panels. As the potato grows, you add panels, and then fill it in with dirt. If you buy a late-season potato, it should produce potatoes all through the box as it grows.
Details are here (also here). And someone had an extended blog entry about their own experiences here.
- You have to keep on top of getting the dirt on the plant, or it won't grow more potatoes
- Practical experience says most will only get 25-60 pounds of potatoes in a realistic garden, but that's much better than the 10 pounds you would probably get from a more traditional setup.
- Some recommended varieties of potatoes are Butte, Yellow Fin, and Bintje
February 05, 2011
Nature Hacking / Snow Ice Cream - Easy Recipe in Under 2 Minutes!
This is a new blog category - Nature Hacking. Nature hacking is going to be a collection of techniques to leverage nature in interesting ways. The first one is using snow to make ice cream. This takes 2 minutes!
- 1 gallon of snow
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Put all ingredients into a large bowl
- Mix thoroughly
Seriously, that's it, and it tastes great!