how to grow potatoes in a container

Did you know you can grow potatoes in a container?  It’s true!  You can grow potatoes in a container and I’m going to attempt to show you how to do it with the video below.  Growing potatoes in a container is ideal if you have limited gardening space like me!

Before you watch the video, I feel as though I should warn you about the lack of “greatness” to the video.  I winged it the other night after Sienna had gone to bed.  In other words, it’s not scripted, I didn’t fix my hair or get the leftover lasagna off my sleeve :P.  And I gave some incorrect details in the video that I’ll write out correctly below the video. 🙂

There are a variety of containers you can use to grow potatoes, but I really like using a big plastic garbage can because it holds a lot.

Here are the 10 steps to growing potatoes in a container:

  1. Poke or drill several holes in the bottom of the garbage can.
  2. Place your container in a spot that will get a lot of sun throughout the day.
  3. Fill the bottom of the container with about 3 inches of soil.
  4. Place 4 – 5 whole seed potatoes into the soil, making sure they’re evenly spaced.
  5. Make sure the potatoes are completely covered by about two inches of soil.
  6. Water the potatoes thoroughly.
  7. Once the plants have grown to 7-8 inches in height, pour more soil into the container.  The soil level should be about three inches from the top of the plants.
  8. Water the plants as needed.  (Everyday, unless the rain gets them good)
  9. Each time the plants reach 7-8 inches above the soil level, pour more soil into the container, maintaining the soil at three inches from the top of the plants.
  10. At the end of the season, dump out the contents of your container and dig all around the soil to get your potatoes!

Have you ever tried growing potatoes in a container? 

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