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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Taters Anyone?

Bucket potato’s, yep I’m growing potato’s in 5 gallon buckets

I’d seen this on numerous blogs concerning container gardening for small spaces.

Ahem…I have the space I just don’t want to dig them up.  I know I’d get impatient and end up stabbing most with a pitch fork.  So, lets just pretend I have a small patio for growing space ok?  We drilled holes in the bottom (5-6)  for drainage, filled the bottom with 2-3 inches of good loose soil.

Stuff 006  I evenly spaced my 3-4  spuds on top of the soil and covered them with another 2-3 inches.  Once they sprout and the leave poke through the soil I would add enough dirt to cover them.  Every few days adding a few more inches of soil till the buckets full.  Then leave them be.  Water once a week or when the top few inches of soil are dry.   Last year I dumped the buckets way to early and only had golf ball sized potato’s.  This year I’ll wait much longer to harvest and hope for better results.

You can do this same process also with tires.  The benefit in using tires is as the shoots grow and are covered you can stack another tire and another layer of potato eyes and on and on….. I’ve seen photos of tires stacked 6-8 high with claims of 1-2 bushel return.  Now, that would be a harvest to celebrate!

What’s growing in your garden?



  1. Ooooh, please do tell how much of a harvest you get out of the buckets! I really want to try this next summer. I don't like the idea of using tires due to the contamination factor from the tires but buckets sound like a great idea. Good luck!

  2. Hi Debbie, I just (today) found this blog http://oklahomatransient.blogspot.com/2012/03/cold-and-rain-has-given-us-reprieve.html#comment-form
    and she is using bamboo for a container..think I'll try it next year. And, I think you'll like her blog

  3. Cool, I'm trying out potatoes in tires this year because I just had two laying around all bored and such. :) Will be fun to see what happens.

  4. I've seen this but with 50 gal. garbage cans.You get a lot more.I want to try this when we get home.We should get there at the time the garden needs to go in any way.


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