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How to Grow Potatoes in Containers

Updated on April 4, 2016


GROWING POTATOES IN CONTAINERS


Growing your own potatoes is a great way to learn to grow your own vegetables. For very little money and outlay of time, you can grow your own vegetables. Potatoes are just one of the many possibilities and are very easy to grow.

While traditionally potatoes are grown in the ground in a hill, there are some super easy ways that you can plant your own potatoes even if you have relatively no space at all!

Growing vegetables in containers gives you a better chance at keeping your plants healthy as you bypass many of the common deterrents to home gardening...such as pests, weather changes, leaf diseases, etc.

I have always grown my potatoes in the ground or gone to dig them at a local farm. However, when you grow potatoes in the ground, you obviously need a lot of space. This is something I currently don't have.

When it comes time to harvest your potatoes, you also have to literally dig them, usually with a pitchfork. This ultimately ends up piercing or breaking some of the potatoes because it's hard to find where the sprawling vines of potatoes are underground.

To understand how potatoes grow and how they can be successfully cultivated in containers, let's look at the basics on potatoes. Then I'll show you 3 different ways you can successfully grow them in little to no space.


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GROWING POTATOES IN CONTAINERS


Growing potatoes in containers is really no different than growing potatoes in the ground. The principles are the same.

You start with a seed potato (although some people use potatoes right out of the cupboard and have great success with them).

You plant the seed potato with 2-3 "eyes" per piece in soil about 3-4 inches under soil and mulch, water and wait for the plant to grow.

Potatoes are tubers and while they send plant growth up to reach the sun, they send out sprawling tentacles beneath the surface where other potatoes form and grow.

As the plant growth continues, more dirt and mulch are built up just below the top of the new growth thus allowing the tubers to keep expanding underneath.

By the end of the growing season, the potato plants will grow, bloom, wither and die. When the plants have fully withered, it's harvest time for the potatoes.

The image below demonstrate how potatoes grow under the soil but also flower above ground. The above-ground changes are the clues as to what part of the cycle the potatoes are in.



WHAT YOU NEED TO GROW POTATOES


  • Seed potatoes (at least 5 per container)
  • Space or medium (see below)
  • Shredded paper or newspaper (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Sterilized manure (optional)
  • Mulch or compost (can be straw, chipped bark, pine needles or combination)
  • Fertilizer
  • 6+ hours of direct sunlight per day
  • Harvest time = 2 to 4 months
  • Pick out new potatoes when foliage is about 1 foot high


GROWING POTATOES

 
 
METHOD
SPACE OR MEDIUM
Hill
3 x 5 foot raised bed
Trash Can
30+ gallon trash can (metal or rubber)
Trash Bag
30+ gallon black trash bag or grow bag
Tires & Rebar
2 tires to start + rebar pole (5-6 tires)
Drums
Any drum 30 gallons or more
Giant Tree Containers
30 gallons or plant less potatoes
Barrel or Wood Box
At least 18 inches deep
Smaller Trash Can or Container
Use less potatoes but 18 inches deep
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Non-raw manure is fine for gardening
Non-raw manure is fine for gardening
Make sure you drill your holes
Make sure you drill your holes
Dry seed potatoes out for 24 hours
Dry seed potatoes out for 24 hours
Trash can roller
Trash can roller


METHOD #1 - GROWING POTATOES IN A TRASH BIN


  1. Cure your seed potatoes before planting for at least a day at room temperature.  If they are large, cut into pieces so that only 2-3 "eyes" remain per piece.
  2. Use an old trash can, giant tree container or a drum.  It doesn't have to be new.  It should have a lid or makeshift cover.  (A lid is only necessary should it get too cold or you want to protect the plants)
  3. Drill holes in the bottom of the trashcan and along the sides 3-6 inches from the bottom every few inches to promote drainage.
  4. Crumple newspapers or add shredded paper as the bottom layer in your trashcan.  (Optional - this step keeps the dirt from draining out the drainage holes though)
  5. Mix potting soil, manure and mulch in a proportion to give you 1/2 potting soil, 1/4 manure and mulch each.  Mix in a wheelbarrow or in a large trashcan - you will use later as the plants sprout.
  6. You can add in time release fertilizer here such as Osmocote or you can fertilize when you water. 
  7. Add about 10 inches of your potting soil mix.  Now plant your potatoes - about 5 inches apart and 4 inches deep.  They need to be under the soil to start sending out their vines. 
  8. Water but do not make soggy. 
  9. Ideal temperature for the soil to remain at is 60 degrees.  For easy moving of your potato garden, buy a trash can roller and place under the can.  You can cover at night with the lid to prevent freezing.  (I move our can to the garage when I'm worried about cold temps)
  10. Keep moist but not soggy and wait for the plants to appear.  Take off the lid during hours of sunlight and they will grow quickly.
  11. When plants are 6-8 inches, add another layer of your soil mixture being careful to leave leaves/top of plant exposed.  Mound around the stems. 
  12. Keep adding soil as the plants poke through. 
  13. As the growing season progresses, the plants will develop as normal plants do.  Then they will flower and have berries on them.  Then the entire plant will die off, turn brown and wither.  Once the plant dies off, it is time to harvest your potatoes.
  14. How to harvest your potatoes?  Spread a tarp out, simply tip your can so that the soil and contents all spill onto the tarp.  Gather your potatoes!

TIP:  For new potatoes, you can reach down under the soil close to the end of the growing season and hand pick these out.  Use immediately as they are best eaten right after digging.


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METHOD #2 - HOW TO GROW POTATOES IN A GARBAGE BAG


Growing potatoes in a garbage bag is similar to growing potatoes in a garbage can accept of course, instead of using a trash bin, you will use a 30+ gallon garbage bag.

The same ingredients apply as for planting your potatoes in a garbage can, however, your method will be slightly different.

You can also use a mixture of potting soil mixed with vermiculite, peat moss and compost rather than the above soil mixture.

Steps for growing potatoes in a garbage bag:

  • Place a layer of crumpled newspaper or shredded paper in the bottom of the bag. (Optional but this does keep soil from draining out drainage holes)
  • Fill the garbage bag with about 4 inches of your soil mixture.
  • Roll your garbage bag down to within 2 inches of the soil.
  • Using scissors, poke stab holes in the bag below the soil level to create drainage holes.
  • Plant your potatoes - about 5 per bag - 1 in the center and 4 around it in a circle.
  • Potatoes need to be covered with the soil so press them down below the surface.
  • Water but do not make soggy.
  • When the plant sprouts are about 4 inches high, add soil again until the plant is almost covered.
  • Roll out the bag to keep up with the soil addition. Water.
  • Keep doing this until the shoots reach the top of the bag.
  • Let the plants bloom, develop berries and die off.
  • Once the withered leaves are brown, place a tarp nearby and dump out your trash bag full of potatoes - or simply cut open and harvest.


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METHOD #3 - GROWING POTATOES IN OLD TIRES


This method is basically the same concept as growing potatoes in a trash can or growing potatoes in a garbage sack. It is a great way to grow them in a small area and an interesting way to use old tires.

You will need the same ingredients that you would use for growing potatoes in a garbage bag or growing potatoes in a garbage can. However, you will need the following to start out growing potatoes in old tires.

  • 2 old tires to start
  • Piece of Rebar (optional)

Steps for growing your potatoes in old tires:

  1. Prepare your potatoes exactly the same way as for the methods above.
  2. Find a spot in your yard that receives 6-8 hours of full sun per day.
  3. Place 1 old tire on top of the ground.
  4. Pound piece of rebar into the ground.
  5. Fill the tire with your dirt mixture.
  6. Plant your potatoes (about 5 per tire "tower") - plant 1 in the center and 4 around in a circle.
  7. Make sure potatoes are covered with 3-4 inches of soil mixture.
  8. Water but do not over water to make soggy.
  9. After some growth of the potato plants, add another tire. Add another layer of dirt just leaving the tops of the plants exposed.
  10. Keep adding tires and more soil mixture until the plants grow, bloom, develop berries, and then wither.  Plan on using 4-6 tires max.
  11. Once the plant has died off up top and withered, the potatoes are ready to harvest.
  12. How to harvest your potatoes grown in old tires? Simply take apart and harvest your potatoes.

TIP:  You can reach in and grab out a few of your new potatoes just before the plants wither and die.


Growing Healthy Potatoes

SYMPTOM
CAUSE
TREATMENT
Chewed or depleted foliage
Beetles
Use eco-friendly spray
 
Aphids
Use eco-friendly spray
Scab on potatoes
Low pH
Plant scab-resistant varieties
Misshapen potatoes
Red wire worm
Rotate crops, don't reuse soil
Black foliage
Late blight
Burn leaves, harvest in 2 weeks


GROWING IN CONTAINERS - HOW TO GROW POTATOES


As you can see, there are many options for growing potatoes in a relatively small space. The yield is incredible and the effort minimal.

There are many great varieties of potatoes out there to try. I love growing white potatoes or Yukon golds but the new rage is the Peruvian purples (for their antioxidant properties).

I'm going to be ordering some seed potatoes of the purples to give those a try this month but for now, I'm planting my old standbys. By fall, I hope to have enough potatoes to put away for the winter.

For planting potatoes in small spaces, try the method you think will work best for you. In my case, I'm going to be trying all 3 this year just to see which one works the very best.

If you have more suggestions or comments on growing potatoes, please leave your comments in the space provided below.


HOW TO STORE POTATOES ONCE HARVESTED


  • If using the methods above, you should have no broken or pierced potatoes but if any are broken, use right away.
  • Wipe as much dust and dirt from the potatoes as possible but do not wash
  • Store in a cool, dry place out of the light to keep your potatoes the longest
  • Wash only as you use them



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      Audrey Kirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Viking~

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Wow what a comprehensive article on how to grow your own potatoes. All the information you would need to know is here.

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      I got it at a local shop here called Bi-Mart - I'm not sure if they have them all over but any garden shop will have them.

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      Michael Hannah 4 years ago

      Where did you get that trash can roller? I need it! Its flat on top! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Actually I was able to grow potatoes 2 different ways this year because they were on our side yard away from my 4-legged menace, the 1-year-old malamute (this year's menace anyhow). The bag actually worked very well but about the same as the trash can--unfortunately mine developed some kind of fungus so I didn't get AS MANY as I was hoping but they were fabulous--and harvesting was a breeze!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Great hub! I'd love to know which of the three methods worked the best! I love the idea of growing them in a strong trash bag, because the harvesting sounds like a breeze.

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      priyanka 5 years ago

      thank u so much

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much Audrey~ I do enjoy my dabbling though I'm still learning. Luckily...so far this year, my potatoes are doing fabulously...keeping my fingers crossed for good luck!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Audrey - Thanks for the link to this hub. It is exactly the information I have been looking for. You have no idea how much your gardening hubs have helped me. You are simply wonderful to write these - and they are easy to follow. You give each and every step needed with a complete how and why. Rated up and awesome. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much for the read, Francesca. Good luck in all your gardening projects - great time of year!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Well written hub... I just planted my first potato plants a few weeks ago. Thanks for the wonderful info. Keep up the great hub writing. Francesca27

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks PF for stopping by - Glad you liked the idea! It truly does work.

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      ParadiseForever 6 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Congrats AK for your win. I like gardening and potatoes very much. Now I started loving your hubs also. Growing potatoes in no space--small area--in containers? unimaginable. Very nicely written hub. Keep writing!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      WS - Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Hanna - Thanks so much as always.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for an excellent hub with great tips

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      WillSteinmetz 6 years ago

      Great hub, Information are useful.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      StayPos - It's a great way to watch things grow but your Caladium sounds marvelous!

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Wow, what a great hub!

      Well laid out, insightful and inspiring!

      I’ve never really grown plants except for a beautiful 3 year old Caladium, that started in a plastic coffee cup and has now grown up and over a 2 ½ foot vase :-)

      Now it’s time to plant some potatoes!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      I thought about that, too Johnyjane - but a lot of folks swear by raising vegetables in them. You do make a point though.

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      johnyjane 6 years ago from London

      Just found your used Tyre trick pretty interesting but do this won't hurt the fruit and vegetables positives since Tyre cannot be considered good for it's polluting properties.

      In my view they can be best for decorative and other plants. :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Moonlake for the insightful comment! I agree with your hubbie and I always buy seed potatoes. I also agree with you...there is NOTHING like homegrown anything but potatoes...wow!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Great hub lots of good information. My husband works for a seed potato farm. Some potatoes bought in the store are treated to prevent sprouting and you won't get as good a yield from them. This is what he tells me. I don't grow potatoes so I've never tested it. We get all the potatoes we want so no reason to grow ours. Fresh grown potatoes are great so much better then store bought.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Right on, Becky! I'm waiting for mine to poke their heads up - it is trying to SNOW today!! I hope they haven't gotten a chill and won't grow now!

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm growing potatoes in containers right now. It's the first time I've tried it and they are doing great. Thanks for the ideas. Great Hub.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Marilyn - Amen~!! It really is a cool way to garden if you have limited space or big dogs....in my case both of these apply!

      SamboRambo - Sounds like a wonderful thing to have...a big lot! I wish I had more space but then it's all what you have at the time that counts...thanks so much for the read!

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      Samuel E. Richardson 6 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Wow! Good hub. I bookmarked it, and voted it up, 'cause I have a large lot I've been wondering how to use.

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      MarilynMorrison 6 years ago

      Vegetable gardening in containers is limited only by the size of the container and climate. Nice Hub. Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Purple - Appreciate the congrats and the vote up!

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      Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Congrats, a very well written and informative hub as always from you. Voted you up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Ripplemaker - I think it would be a fantastic kiddie project...and congrats on your win as well. That was a fantastic hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I am bookmarking your hub akirchner as we are looking for things we could do with the kids in our preschool! :) Such a comprehensive hub! Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece and congratulations for winning the people's choice award too! Woohoo!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much Peggy - I'm hoping for some sun here really soon! It's not the way it's supposed to be weatherwise so hoping mine make it!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great ideas on different ways to grow potatoes! Congrats on the win! Wish I had more sunny spots in our yard.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Ruby!

      Mrs. Menagerie - appreciate the kind comment.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

      Great hub and really interesting information!

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      Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      congratulations on writing contest. Your hub has encouraged me to try potato growing, thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Nell - I went on there to look at something and just discovered it! Appreciate it and sorry we were in the same running!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Congrats on your win! Yeah! lol

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Alexandra, you sound like you live in Central Oregon!! I definitely need to put wheels on all my pots so I can move them around.

      Crewman - For years (before dogs basically) I always had gardens and loved to grow things in the ground. I truly miss having a big patch of land to grow things in. But for now, the containers will have to do though I'm thinking of going and getting a patch in the community garden just to get a bigger yield! But my potatoes are doing okay so far in the bag and in the garbage can!!! Keeping my fingers crossed.

      Shellie - I so want to get mine started but it simply will NOT warm up - I think my seed potatoes are going to croak before I get them in the tires. I planted my other 2 and can keep them in the garage, but unfortunately not so with the tire system! Praying for warmer weather!!

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      Growing in tires.....how brilliant! My mother and I were just talking about this the other day. I so need to try this! Thanks for such a thorough hub!

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      Crewman6 6 years ago

      Reminds me of growing up in southern Georgia; we had a couple of hogs and a small garden, less than 1/2 acre. I would always raid the garden on my way to the river.

      I wonder if I could combine the tire method with the sledgehammer workout?

      As always, you write superbly and hold my interest. I think I'll see if Monique wants to add potatoes to our growing plants this year!

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Oh, I am loving this hub! The freezing nights have convinced me that containers are the way to go in colder climates. Awesome idea, Audrey! Thank you!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Steph - That would be a great project and one that kids of any age can do! I grew them in the backyard years ago in Tacoma but here, no room....so this is a great viable alternative for me...especially since I have so many BIG FEET (malamutes and otherwise)! Thanks so much for the read!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great information! I'd love to have my cub scout den try growing potatoes. We might have to take a few notes and see if we can manage. Kids love watching things grow, and potatoes are usually a kid-friendly vegetable, too. Good luck in the contest, Steph

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much, Soni - I didn't even know we were voting yet so you did me a great service!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is an excellent hub Audrey. I voted may you win the People's Choice if not Staff pick when the results arrive.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Randy - GREAT point to make! That's probably why ours do so well because it is freezing cold here at night. I have a feeling that if I stuck my veggies in the ground, I'd have sticks of ice by morning!

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      Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Quite a nice hub, AK! We are already digging and eating potatoes here in the deep south but our soil warms fast here. Growing veggies in pots or other containers allows the soil in them to warm up quicker in colder climes, giving the plants a jump start over those planted in the ground.

      Merely a farmer's opinion, of course!

      Randy

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Krysanthe - I only wish I'd known how to do this many years ago when my kids were small - we did dig them into the ground. It was fun but it would have been much less labor-intensive and it would have been a great project for the whole family! Hope you get to do this with your kids!!

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      Krysanthe 6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      I love all these ideas! I've contimplated many times growing potatoes as a fun project for my kids, but digging directly in the hard dirt in our back yard can be hard for them at times. I never even once thought about throwing them in a container. Thanks for the great read!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Raymond - Totally true and no, I haven't planted any trees yet....now there's a great idea though!! I dry apples all the time so me thinks I need to get my apple tree. Thanks for the read and the idea!

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      Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

      I feel that for anyone who lives in units or flats this is the best way to have your own vegie. garden, but you can grow just about anything in pots depend on size.

      have you tried apple trees, small but tastie.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks DF!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Awesome ideas! Thanks.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sharyn - You are so kind - thanks so much and I agree with you that the taste is to die for! I'm hoping mine turn out great this year in spite of our poor weather. I have them hovering in the garage still but am hoping by next week to move them out to the side of my yard and get my tires in!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      AK,

      I am always impressed with your work. Such informative and complete articles. I have planted potatoes in my garden before. It is amazing how wonderful they taste and different from anything you buy at the store. Thanks for this great information and new ideas.

      Sharyn

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      K9Keystrokes - you are so kind and glad to be helpful in your plantathon....we are in ours too if it EVER warms up!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Audry this is awesome! We are getting ready to start our garden this season and I think I might just have to give this a whirl...if I can keep the chickens out of things!

      Nice work, and a very well deserved staff pick win!

      Hub Hugs~

      K9

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      P.S. Just so everyone knows...I was going to be doing my OWN videos on all this but unfortunately our weather decided it does not want to be spring right now! It was freezing cold and raining and sleeting all weekend long so I ended up putting together my spuds but they are in my GARAGE at the moment waiting for warmer weather! It is beautifully sunny, just still below freezing at night and only 40-50 degrees out in the daytime. I can't believe it! It made winning though even sweeter since I couldn't do what I wanted to do 'exactly'.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Charlu - I used 'real' manure once and I can tell you that letting it dry and all that, the bagged stuff is definitely 'sterilized' and 'cured'. Wow - we had flies in our yard for WEEKS while the real stuff cured. I am only thankful I had no dogs at the time or I would have had a huge bill for washing them!!! The sterilized version hardly smells a bit! Thanks so much for the hearty congrats, too.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations on a great hub. I never thought it was that easy. I can't help but wonder though how they sterilize manure :) ??? Great hub and congrats again you deserve it.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Simone!!

      BlissfulWriter - thanks so much for the congrats and for stopping by!

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      Growing potatoes in a garbage bag -- what a creative idea. Congrats on staff pick.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I bet! And Congrats akirchner!! This Hub won the Day 17 Staff Pick of the So You Think You Can Write Online Contest!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      It's a lot of fun, too!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, it's really not so hard as I thought it would be! How cool!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      That's priceless, Chatkath - somehow I can envision the entire thing or imagine myself saying just that. Glad you found it interesting reading - I only wish I had more property to plant more stuff on but you make do with what you have is my motto! Thanks so much for the read and comment to chuckle with.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      My grandfather used to have all these tires in the backyard, one day, probably after listening to my Grandma tell him it's me or the tires, he made these cute planters out of them. I think my Grandma had to actually plant the pink petunias but they were so adorable! I am glad to see that it wasn't such a far-fetched idea! Great and useful hub-especially in these times!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dearabbysmom - I think it's even easier than in a garbage can - I put it together yesterday in about 5 minutes. Going to probably do another one here shortly and the tire one just for fun! Thanks so much for the read.

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      Great information--never knew potatoes could be grown in trash bags. Bookmarking this one, thank you!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      BKC - Thanks so much and glad you are going along with me making potatoes! I got 2 of them planted yesterday, my bag and my can so now just have to get the tires going!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Loooove this - thanks a million. I did try this a million years ago - and got the best potatoes (I used a trash bag). And forgot all about it.

      But it is time again for some tasty real food - thanks for the reminder and wonderful tips. Oh yay - and rated up of course!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Chspublish - I agree!! I plan on picking up a bunch of these around town and even encouring some of my neighbors to use them for something "good"!! Thanks so much for the read.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      I love the tyre method. Seems to be a really good way for growing and recycling an eyesore on the landscape. Great hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Will - glad you liked and indeed, it works for small spaces.

      Pamela - Glad you've seen them grown in tires. I have never tried that method before or the garbage bag, just the can so trying all 3 this year for completeness sake!

      Loseweightmama - Great tips - I miss my bigger backyard as I used to have a great garden patch. However, probably would not work well with my huge footed dogs at this point in my life unless I had a very secure fence! Thanks for stopping by!

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      loseweightmama 6 years ago from Maine

      Nice hub, we've tried many of these methods over the years. Our favorite is raised beds with a new dose of fresh seafood compost each year. I may have to try the tire method as well.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I think this is an excellent hub as growing potatoes can be done in so many ways which you explained very well. I have seen potatoes grown in tires before very successfully. Thanks for all the great information.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great Hub! This is a great way to grow potatoes in a limited space.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Just Ask Susan - I got my neighbor to donate some to me so think I'm trying it tomorrow! I planted the other 2 ways today and it was so easy. Now if it will just warm up here, I'm set. Thanks so much for the read, Susan!

      Well BJ, I think I'd try the tire method and plant a bottle of ketchup in there with the potatoes...they should be up oh in say 6 months! Thanks for the read and the laugh (as usual)!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Audrey, This is great information about growing potatoes in all kinds of stuff like tires and trash bags and bins.

      I like French fries - with ketchup - what do you recommend I grow them in? Signed, Anxious fries reader.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great hub. I think I will try the tire method as we have so many of them hanging around. Thanks so much for writing. Up and Awesome.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      RT - most certainly please link me up! Thanks so much for the read and that sounds wonderful...must add sweet potatoes to my list!

      OM - Thanks for the read. They really are a breeze to put together and then you just have to keep an eye on them every few days for watering. I love growing things I can actually not have to buy!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Very cool! Growing potatoes is actually easier than I thought it would be. Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The videos are very helpful, too. Thumbs up! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Super info in a well-done hub. Thanks for reminding me of the used tire method. Wonder if that would work with sweet potatoes...

      I would like to link this to my Mashed Potatoes hub. Please let me know if you have any objection.

      Voted up and useful.

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