I’m trying something new this year: Growing potatoes in containers!
Most resources say not to use commercial potatoes for planting because they are sprayed with chemical to prevent sprouting. However, some long-forgotten potatoes in my pantry sprouted quite well! They would have been composted anyway, so I decided to try growing them in a container.
I chopped up the potatoes, tossed them in a drain tile, covered them with dirt, and forgot them.
Two weeks later: Plants!
Supposedly I cover these leaves with dirt and wait for them to peek through another six inches. I will continue doing this until potatoes grow out the top.
Potatoes are tubers which means they are bulging underground stems. The whole container will be filled with potatoes this way.
I was so happy with the success of this experiment that I got a BIG barrel from a car wash to grow seed potatoes. It’s gone well so far. They are almost ready for their second covering.
It’s early enough in the season for me to grow a barrel with my students. What a great technique for anyone with limited space!