One thing I have found this year with my new garden is that I definitely have more plants than I have space to grow them all in my backyard. I have decided that I need to plant some of the vegetables and plants in containers in order to maximize my space. If you do not live on a lot of land container gardening is a great option for you and it is super simple to grow plants in containers. Last week I posted an article on how to grow Garlic in containers too! This week I’m going to share how I am growing Potatoes in containers to also save space! My kids love potatoes and buying organic potatoes can get quite pricey at the stores so I wanted to make sure that I incorporated these in my garden this year!
How to Grow Potatoes in a Container:
- Plastic Tote- I used an 18 Gallon size that I had laying around. (If you have another large container you may use it also but make sure that it is at least 12-18″ tall.
- Bag of ORGANIC Potatoes for seedlings. **IT has to be organic ones or they will not sprout the eyes in order to grow more due to the chemicals on them**
- Organic Fertilizer
- Shovel and Gardening Gloves
What to do:
- The first step in planting potatoes in a container is to make sure that you have potatoes that can be used to sprout new plants. To get my potatoes to sprout I bought a bag of Organic Potatoes from the local grocery store. I placed them up in the top shelf of my cupboard where it is dark and left them there for several weeks until they began to sprout.
- After they have begun to sprout you are ready to plant!!
- I used an 18 gallon plastic tote to grow my plants in but you can choose any container you would like as long as it is tall enough. You want to make sure that your container also has good drainage for water because too much water can rot your new potatoes before you can even eat them. To make drainage in my container I simply drilled a few holes in the bottom of the tote with a drill.
- I placed newspaper over my drilled holes so that water could seep through but I did not lose dirt out the bottom. Then fill up about 4-5 inches of soil into the container.
- Take your potatoes and cut them off into smaller pieces trying to keep 2-3 new sprouts per piece of potato that you cut off. Then place this piece with sprouts upwards about an inch under the soil. You will want about 6″ between each potato plant so that is something you will want to keep in mind when planting. Repeat this until your container is filled up.
- Water the soil until it is nice and moist and then spread some form of organic fertilizer on top for best results.
- You will want to make sure that you keep the potatoes watered well but be careful not to over water also.
- After about a week you should notice the plants growing up above the soil. You will want to add in more soil to keep only about 1 inch of the plant showing until you reach the top of your container. This allows room for the potatoes to grow more.
- When the potatoes are fully grown you can dig in the soil and collect!