grow bushels of barrel potatoes

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 - 8:51am

Grow bushels of barrel potatoes

Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over!

The how-to at this link boils down to the following steps:

  1. Just about any 2 to 3-foot tall container will work, but drill holes in it - bottom and sides - for drainage.
  2. You can buy seed potatoes, or sprout the ones from the supermarket. One eye per cut up section of potato, and let the cut parts dry a day before planting. 6" apart in 6" of compost. Keep it moist, in full sun.
  3. When you get 6"-8" of foliage, cover stalks but not leaves. Repeat as the stalks grow.
  4. After about 10 weeks or until the plants flower and start to yellow, the potatoes should be ready to harvest. Tip the container onto a tarp and harvest potatoes.
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