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GROWING TATERS IN BARRELS

fatboyz

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Howdy, I am interested in trying to grow taters in buckets or bags, anyone had any luck with this? I am very tight on space and would really like to try to grow some potatoes. Thanks in advance.
 

dirtsailor2003

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Tires, barrels, or make simple wood boxes out of 1X6 to stack on top of each other. Hay mixed with dirt makes a good topper as you grow. Taters like a loose soil.

Start with good seed taters and not ones you've bought at the grocery store if you want any amount of production.
 

bill ace 350

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I know, old thread......

Watched some YouTube videos on this, definitely trying it this spring.

Have a ton of buckets.
 

Fueling Around

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Never tried in a bucket or 1/2 wine barrel. Doubt anyone can afford wine or whiskey barrels these days since the craft brewers raised the bar from $5 to over $100 each.

Harvest small. Don't expect a mature harvest from confined space growing conditions.
 

Jabiru

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This is how we grew potatoes a few years ago. It’s a great system.

From : https://tipnut.com/grow-potatoes/

another good article step by step


Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet: {Instructions}
Quite the clever method here folks! Today’s feature includes tips from three different sources for growing potatoes vertically (in layers) instead of spread out in rows across your garden. If you have limited space or want to try some nifty harvest magic, this could be a great option for you.

Seattle Times
First, there’s this article from The Seattle Times: It’s Not Idaho, But You Still Can Grow Potatoes:

The potatoes are planted inside the box, the first row of boards is installed and the dirt or mulch can now be added to cover the seed potatoes. As the plant grows, more boards and dirt will be added.
You plant in one bottom layer, boarding up the sides of each layer and adding dirt as you go higher (you wait until the plants have grown a bit before adding a new layer). While new potatoes are growing in the top layers, remove the boards from the first layer at the bottom to carefully dig out any that are ready for harvesting. Fill the dirt back in and board up the box again. You move up the layers and harvest as they are ready. I imagine the new potatoes in the first couple bottom layers would be somewhat awkward to get at but as you move higher–not so bad.
 

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