Using a 5 or 6 gallon bucket or better yet 1/3 of a 55 gallon plastic barrel you can container grow your own garden fresh potato’s. In each 6 gallon bucket you can plant 1 to 3 seed potato’s. Using 1/3 of a 55 gallon drum you will need 1 to 5 seed potato’s.
Drill several 3/8 to 1/2 drain holes in the bottom of your container. Set your container on bricks or other materials to keep your container 1 or more inches off of your driveway, patio or deck.
After your last normal frost date, Add to your container about 4 inches of rich well draining soil and compost mix. Place you seed potato’s on this soil. Insure each seed has at least 1 or more eyes pointing up(skyward). Cover seed potato’s with an inch or more of rich soil, gently water your seed potato until water runs out of the holes in the bottom of your container.
Check your containers daily. Water when the soil is dry. Potato’s like ‘moist’ not wet soil.
When your potato’s are 6 to 8 inches tall, add another 3 to 4 inches of rich soil. Continue this process until your container is full of soil or until your potato’s start to bloom. After blooming ends and plants begin to turn yellow, wait another few days. Dump your containers harvesting a garden fresh potato crop.
Mix in a little rich compost to your soil that was your potato growing soil, refill container within about 4 to 6 inches of the top and plant with Radishes, Turnips, Beets or other cool season vegetables.
** Hint Fertilize using 8-16-16, 10-20-20, or equivalent. These three numbers correspond to nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N-P-K) and always appear in that specific order. When a 4th number is included, it indicates the sulfur content (N-P-K-S).
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