April 11, 2013

Planting Potatoes

The information here is my way of gardening, so whether or not it's the right way I can't say. I only know it works for me.

Cut the bottom out of a 5 gallon bucket, place it over the soil. Put enough dirt in bucket to be able to give 3 or 4 tubers room for rooting. Cover them. As the plants get taller cover them with more soil until they flower.

It’s nice to plant them this way because when they’re ready for harvesting in late fall/early winter all you have to do is kick over the bucket. No strenuous digging. If you’re worried about your soil being too hard, buy a few bags of dirt to mix with it (recycle the bags, of course, or a small truck load of dirt would be better-no bags).We  ran out of potatoes around 6 months, which was 15 buckets worth. 

This was only a little experiment I wanted to try over winter. As you can see, one potato, two potato, three potato, four...and not much more. The yield is small from one plant. But then, I knew it would be. I only planted the tubers just to see how big the potatoes would grow indoors.. I also did not have a big enough container, which may have contributed to the size.  Of course, I won't be trying this again.