I over feed them. How can you not have baked potato with a nice grilled (sorry..BBQed) t-bone steak?? ~ karen! Fill your half bushel basket (ask at your grocery store or farmer’s market for them) with 6 inches of soil. If you look at this website (I just did a quick Google search) you can locate your home and climate zone. One night, our entire group went to the bar. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong- I get lovely healthy plants, they flower, then die off and I get so excited to dump the bin and then, nada. So he grabbed a few potatoes and took them up to the cash. So funny – We’re doing almost this exact thing but on a larger scale. Many, many towns and cities have community gardens that you can rent a plot at. Everyday, I thank God for people who love to grow things for me to eat. Only the top set of leaves should be showing when you’re done. No problem. Thanks!! You can apply the same principle (“straw hilling”) when growing potatoes in a straw bale. I found the seed potatoes for $4.50 for 2 lbs. They are fine. ~ karen! I hope they have those at Big R. I may have to hunt a bit. ~ karen! I am not a gardener, at all. I went to visit him once and he wouldn’t let me carry my purse to the town restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. Then push the soil back over them, so they’re halfways down in the dirt. in Resourceful backyard gardeners fashion potato towers from chicken fence or other wire fencing. Your email address will not be published. I have full sun at the side of my home…faces south. Climate Zones are the same in the US and Canada. Then let your potatoes heal for a few days. Keep repeating this procedure for two or three more cycles. I’m so glad you’re growing your own food. Nope. of the new growth shows through, then let the plants grow another 4 to 6 inches. Written by Karen. I always thought I would try this but I never have. They did the best they could but finally gave in to hystericl laughter when they got to the purse size fly swatter. Maybe he’s building … a straw bench. Every area has a different growing cycle. 4. Hi Nancy! Potato is placed in water to root, them slips will start to grow,cut these slips and place in water to root, then plant the rooted slips into ground. How did the taters do? You want the soil to be loose, so turn it over once and work in some fertilizer to help the potatoes grow. You can either do this with more container soil and compost OR you can use partially decomposed straw. Plant seed potatoes into this mix, burying about … If you live in an apartment with a balcony, potatoes can be grown in a container, pot, ... Place your seeds about 30 cm apart and cover with about 10-20 cm of compost mixed with straw or grass clippings, keep watered and away from direct sunlight. ~ karen. I’ll let you know how it goes. They’re fine. I’m doing another experiment with straw this year. Add another layer of straws until the potato plants grow beyond the container. Once they have grown 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm. Start with a layer of 3” to 4” of good potting soil in the bottom of the container mixed with a couple handfuls of an organic starter fertilizer. I watched a video on youtube and thought ok I can do that. and by the time you need to use it to hill the pototoes it’ll be starting to decompose. How far in advance can you buy seed potatoes? For a cleaner, easier harvest, pile straw or sawdust over growing potatoes instead of soil. I am using pallet box method for planting my potatoes this year. With some nice mashed potatoes. I ended up with a big old pot of compost. To hill potatoes just fill in around all the stems and lower leaves of the potatoes with your soil or straw. Actually … why lie? Did you have to get it and let it start decomposing last fall? ~ k! I’ll plan ahead next year & shop around. I did a number of years ago by just dumping potatoes that had gone, into the garden and in the fall had quite the haul of wee taters. I’ve found the best way to plant the potatoes is really to just plant them in the ground, but the container planting is 10X more convenient when it comes time to harvest them. Not only do I learn a lot but your “funny” makes my day! Girl, you need to do stand up comedy! Them there are seed potatoes fella.”  To which the fella replied, Yeah, yeah. The ones in the ground with the top dressing of straw did great. In university I took a three week class in East End Saskatchewan. When you grow potatoes in straw, you’ll see the sprouts quickly. It would have been “embarrassing”. I’m not sure what he based his decision on but if he pitches hissy fits we would not have worked out. Every 6 inches or so of growth, add some straw to cover the potato plant, except for the very top part (the leaves on top still need exposure to sunlight for photosynthesis and growth). Your email address will not be published. Enough for one bushel basket. Should I be concerned? Thanks for the ‘sneak peek’ of your front yard vegetable garden :), Our city has a composting fair in the fall and they give out these big black compost fence deals. It would appear as though you’ve been proven wrong. Like most vegetables, they need 6-8 hours of sun a day. How would you like to be shut up in the hoosgow w/out a fly swatter? He said he wasn’t sure, but he wanted to get home to make dinner. Should I wipe this off, or give them a hair cut or what? Planting potatoes in straw is an excellent method for growing potatoes in any garden. On his last walkabout a few years ago the fella headed to Saskatchewan where he lived for 6 months, flying home every 16 days. After cutting the seed potatoes, let them sit at room temperature for two or three days. Let them grow until there’s about 6″ – 8″  of growth sticking up. The tire becomes a container for both garden soil and compost. Light causes potatoes to … It is especially good for any situation where you are unable to dig the ground up to plant potatoes, like this garden, featured in the slideshow. How to Grow Potatoes in Straw and Tires: Tip 1 Soil Preparation. of the new growth shows through, then let the plants grow another 4 to 6 inches. Traci – I haven’t had trouble with squirrels yet, but if I did, I’d just put chicken wire or hardware cloth over the basket. Oh,my! ?? Using straw has a couple of huge benefits: the container remains light and easy to move around, and it’s easy to harvest early potatoes without disturbing the plant and the rest of the tubers. One of the varieties I’m growing are French Fingerlings. my husbands elderly bachelor uncles were farmers, mainly potatoes ( actually they say podadas)and my husbands cousin planted podadas on their graves the year they died. I have 5 containers of spuds and have started the first hilling up in 4 of them with straw. I LOVE them. Here’s hoping I get results. Some people say 2 days others say a week. Fries, mashed, scalloped and boiled. I came back to this one, to see if there was an update. 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I’m so excited about growing these I could cry. =) Love your fresh n funny sense of humor – you have a great writing style that engages me! In a 15 gallon container I would plant three or four fingerling potatoes or large seed potatoes cut into three or four pieces. I planted on St. Patricks day and they are doing great! Props to you for making food! Hi Deb – I’ve tried a few methods for potato growing. You don’t have to cultivate around the potatoes when growing potatoes in straw. I’m pretty sure you wrote one, but I can’t seem to locate it. ..well done. To carry a purse. And I’m going to use soil only in the 5th container, which I planted later than the others. Floating ads? The corner of the straw can be lifted carefully and one can see how the potatoes are developing. Most of your yard real estate is taken up  by decorative Gnomes and a shuffleboard court? Grody, hahaha! How to Grow Vegetables & Flowers from Seed. Harvest your potatoes by gently pulling the plants from the hay. Potatoes are fine to plant in cool weather so if you’re in Southern Ontario or a similar Zone 5/6 climate … now’s the time to plant potatoes! Hi Jody – I get it at Quick Feed (The Copetown Feed store). Don’t forget your purse. We have a bucket planted, using soil/straw and they are cresting over the top. Place the seed potatoes in the soil top. If they have lots of eyes, it’s best to cut them in half before you plant them. I like the straw in a bushel basket idea…I’m curious to see how that works out as well! They shouldn’t cost anymore than 3 or 4 dollars. Whatever. Lay the straw with the height at four to five inches at the top of it. The cuts need to scab over so they don’t rot or get bacteria/disease in them when you plant them. Uh-oh, that’s not good news. At least the price is better than the ridiculous price gouging $18.95 for 10 “mini tubors” from a major seed company!! I discovered your website when I looking for chicken coop ideas. How do you keep squirrels out? As the plant grows, additional soil is heaped around the plant at regular intervals until the container is filled. ~ karen. If you prefer bigger potatoes, growing potatoes in straw is a great way to get them. You rock! Don’t know if you are looking for feedback on the floating ad or not, but it’s super annoying. Great post! Did you call them a stupid son of a bitch? Where do you get partially decomposed straw? City” had me laughing immediately. The bushel baskets are much nicer to look at though. Cover your potatoes with straw. In baskets with straw and straight in the soil/trenches. Have you seen the one on Pinterest “How to Grow 110lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet?” I blogged about it here http://www.herballisticgarden.com/2/post/2012/05/grow-110lbs-of-potatoes-we-shall-see.html. How cool! Man, I love you! The reason it’s better to use partially decomposed straw is because you’ll be able to smash it down tighter than fresh straw. Just please don’t tell me I have to start over, I’m already way behind. Growing potatoes in a container is ideal to keep them safe from predators and free of fungal infections. Make some holes in the bag for adequate drainage and fill the bag with compost. I really adore when you incorporate the fella – and his pop – into your posts) Happy Day, Karen! ~ karen! The US climate zone numbers seem much easier. They range from 1 – 7. I think you’re fine. Most exciting, is the fact that the inside is the same colour! And yes. This means that he creeps into our yard under the cover of darkness and looks after our gardening! Make sure to face the eyes upward. And even then I don’t think it would work. Tatties are so easy to plant there’s no reason not to! I had more luck using five gallon buckets acquired for free from the local Walmart. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Oops, I kind of let things slip this past week and now my potato cuts are moldy as all get out. I’m pretty excited! lol I don’t think I could go anywhere w/o my purse. Then filled halfway with potting soil. So make sure you cut them several days before you plan to plant them. To grow potatoes in straw, prepare your seed potatoes by cutting smaller pieces with eyes to plant. I have an old garden book and one of the methods for potatoes is similar to yours with the straw, only they used fallen leaves from the previous fall and kept piling them up and watering them down as the potato plant grew…that way you didn’t have to pull the whole plant up….instead you could just reach down and find the biggest and nicest potato and snap it off and leave the other smaller ones to grow. Straw was cleaner and produced potatoes with less scarring and blemishes while the potatoes planted in an earth trench seemed to grow bigger and there were more of them. Seed potatoes have been guaranteed to be disease free. One Month Update. The potatoes in baskets of straw did poorly. Both in plastic planters (from Lee Valley) and in regular raised beds. What about baked..you don’t like baked?? Thanks! How much might that grow? They end up holding quite a bit so we are going to try our potatos in those this year. Each of those produced quite well. I’ve tried the garbage pail method for 3 years now and still haven’t seen any damn potatoes. Place your potatoes on the newspaper. Here’s one of the simplest methods for growing potatoes in a container – a large, heavy-duty trash bag. was wondering if you did the basket / straw method last year? Growing sweet potato bought from shop. (Roll down sides of container if desired). Fill the bottom third of the can with a mix of quality soil and compost. Well I was meaning potatoe chips, which seem to be your favorite food ever. When you see flowers, you’ll know there will be small new potatoes under the straw. POTATOES! You are giving me inspiration to grow more of our own food!!! Thanks for the update. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Karen I just came across this post again & I wondered how your potatoes did this year & what the results of the different growing environments were? Push your seed potatoes (I’m going with 3 of them in the basket) half way into the soil. I have pics if he doesn’t believe me… :-). So … in answer to your question. I’ll let you know how it goes! So, thank you gardeners and farmers everywhere! Growing potatoes in a container. Not pretty but effective. Speaking of potatoes, the only thing in my mixed planters that didn’t do well were my ornamental potato vines. Most vegetables need an immense amount of natural sunlight to gather the energy they need to produce fruit (vegetables). Why did he build up an area in the garden with bricks? I planted potatoes for the first time this year. I like “Sophia” of Golden Girl status….carry my purse everywhere! I don’t remember to water them either. 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