Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grow Potatoes in ANYTHING!

You can pretty much grow potatoes in anything that will hold soil...

Here is a couple methods:

Potatoes in a bag..

~ Prepare the Bag
Use a pair of scissors to cut several drainage holes in the bottom of a 30-gallon black plastic trash bag. Roll down the sides of the bag and fill about one-third of the way up with potting soil. Place the bag in an area of the garden that receives full sun.
roll down sides of bag and fill with soil

~ Plant the Potatoes
Dust the seed potatoes with agricultural sulfur to protect against fungal diseases. Plant the seed potatoes by burying them, eyes pointed up, about 2" deep in the soil. Water well.

~ Add More Soil
When the potato plants get about 6" to 8" tall, it is time to add more soil and straw to the bag. Add enough soil so that just the top few leaves poke through the dirt. As the potato plants grow, continue to unroll the bag and add more soil. Keep the potatoes well watered but not soggy.

~ Harvest the Potatoes
One clue that the potatoes are almost ready to harvest is that the leaves will yellow and the foliage will die back. At this point stop watering and leave the potatoes alone for two or three weeks so that their skins toughen up. To harvest, slit open the side of the bag to release the potatoes.

Potatoes In Tires..

~ Get yourself some old tires
Try a add on craigslist or freecycle!!

~ Paint them or leave them plain

~ Find a sunny Spot
Potatoes love full sun so find them a wonderful sunny spot and set down your first layer of tires

~ Fill with good rich soil and compost
Fill up the first tire completely full of soil mix

~ Plant your potato
Dust the seed potatoes with agricultural sulfur to protect against fungal diseases. Plant the seed potatoes by burying them, eyes pointed up, about 2" deep in the soil. Water well.


~ Add More Soil and Stack
When the potato plants get about 6" to 8" tall, it is time to add another tire and add more soil and/or straw to the bag. Add enough soil so that just the top few leaves poke through the dirt. As the potato plants grow, continue to stack more tires and add more soil. Keep the potatoes well watered but not soggy.

~ Harvest the Potatoes
One clue that the potatoes are almost ready to harvest is that the leaves will yellow and the foliage will die back. At this point stop watering and leave the potatoes alone for two or three weeks so that their skins toughen up. To harvest, unstack the tires!!

Grow Potatoes in a Container..


Here are the simple steps:

~ Poke or drill several holes in bottom of garbage can.
~ Fill with one foot of soil
~ Push five whole seed potatoes into the soil, spread apart evenly.
~ Make sure the potatoes are completely covered by about two inches of soil.
~ Water the seed potatoes.
~ Once the plants have grown to 6-7 inches in height… add more soil into the container.
~ Water the plants as needed. Keep moist but not wet!
~ As soon as the plants begin to flower, be sure to water generously and consistently.
~ Each time the plants reach 6-7 inches above the soil level, add more soil!
~ When the plant turns yellow and dies back, Dump out your container..
Dig all around the dumped out soil and gather potatoes.

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