How To Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes In a Barrel
Growing potatoes is really easy and you don't need a lot of space, as potatoes grow well in containers. You may well have heard of people using old tires to grow potatoes in. They would plant the potatoes, throw on the soil, then keep stacking the soil and rows of tires as the potato shot their green tops up. Potatoes need to be 'hilled' which is why they work well in containers. You can get a very large crop of potatoes from a very small area as long as you know how to do it. Container gardening is great for limited space and controlled surroundings. Growing potatoes using container can actually prevent from pests and fungi. Here are simple steps you can do to grow hundreds of potatoes in your container.
#1. Pick out your container
You can choose from a variety of containers that would be suitable. Make sure the container is around two to three feet tall and make holes at the bottom of the container for drainage purposes.
#2. Pick your potatoes
You can get your seed potato during the early part of growing season of potatoes at your local garden center. Fill the bottom with about 6 inches of planting mix and organic matter. Then, put the potato seeds on the level of soil, and just make sure you leave some space between each potato and cover with soil. Always maintain the dampness of the soil but do not put too much water in it.
#3. Put more soil
When your plant has about six to eight inches of green growth on top, put more soil in it until it covered the half of the stem. Afterward, allow the roots to grow by moistening the soil from the top of the container down to its holes. Repeat as your potatoes grow up to the top of what will now be a full barrel of soil and potatoes.
#4. Reap the potatoes
You can pull your homegrown potatoes after about 10 weeks. The plant tops will flower, then die down to a yellow. Dig down the soil with your hands and inspect each layer of the soil. The potatoes should be ready for harvesting and you can scrap the container out and separate your potatoes from its soil. You don't need to harvest them all at once. You can dig down and just take what you want to eat for that meal. Children just are amazed by the potato harvest process and love to find these hidden treasures.
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