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Trash Cans, Garbage Bags, and Old Tires: How to Grow Potatoes in Different Containers

I've been successfully growing potatoes in different mediums for years, and I love sharing that knowledge with others.

This article will show you how to grow your own potatoes in various containers, including garbage bags, trash bins, and even in old, discarded tires.

This article will show you how to grow your own potatoes in various containers, including garbage bags, trash bins, and even in old, discarded tires.

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

While traditionally grown in the ground on 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 like pests, weather changes, leaf diseases, etc.

The Advantages of Growing Potatoes in Containers

I have always grown my potatoes in the ground or gone to dig them at a local farm. When you grow them in the ground, however, 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 up, 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. This is one of the reasons growing them in containers is so convenient.

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 three different ways you can successfully grow them in little to no space.

Different Methods for 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 and Rebar

2 tires to start (as many as 5–6 later on) and a rebar pole

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

It's often best to start with a seed potato like this one.

It's often best to start with a seed potato like this one.

Growing Potatoes in Containers vs. Growing Them in the Ground

Growing potatoes in containers is not that different than growing them in the ground. The principles are the same.

  • You start with a seed potato. (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. Mulch, water, and wait for the plant to grow.
  • Potatoes are tubers. 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. This usually takes about 2–4 months.
  • The image below demonstrates 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.
This illustration demonstrates how potato plants grow both above and below the ground.

This illustration demonstrates how potato plants grow both above and below the ground.

What You Need to Grow Potatoes

  • Seed potatoes (at least 5 per container)
  • Space or medium (see table above)
  • Shredded paper or newspaper (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Sterilized manure (optional)
  • Mulch or compost (can be straw, chipped bark, pine needles, or a combination)
  • Fertilizer
  • 6+ hours of direct sunlight per day

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. Optional: Crumple newspapers or add shredded paper as the bottom layer in your trashcan. (This step keeps the dirt from draining out of 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 1/4 mulch. Mix in a wheelbarrow or in a large trashcan. You will use this 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 the soil 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 it 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 temperatures.)
  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. (Note: Pick out new potatoes when foliage is about 1 foot high.)
  14. How do you harvest your potatoes? Spread a tarp out. 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.

Method #2: Growing Potatoes in a Garbage Bag

Growing potatoes in a garbage bag is similar to growing them in a garbage can. The same ingredients apply, but 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.

  1. Optional: Place a layer of crumpled newspaper or shredded paper in the bottom of the bag. (This keeps the soil from draining out of the drainage holes.)
  2. Fill the garbage bag with about 4 inches of your soil mixture.
  3. Roll your garbage bag down to within 2 inches of the soil.
  4. Using scissors, poke stab holes in the bag below the soil level to create drainage holes.
  5. Plant your potatoes—about five per bag. Place one in the center and four around it in a circle.
  6. Potatoes need to be covered with the soil, so press them down below the surface.
  7. Water but do not make the soil soggy.
  8. When the plant sprouts are about 4 inches high, add soil again until the plant is almost covered.
  9. Roll out the bag to keep up with the soil addition. Water.
  10. Keep doing this until the shoots reach the top of the bag.
  11. Let the plants bloom, develop berries, and die off.
  12. 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.

Method #3: Growing Potatoes in Old Tires

This method is basically the same concept as growing potatoes in a trash can or 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 as the previous two methods, as well as two old tires and a piece of rebar (optional).

  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 one 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 five per tire "tower"). Place one in the center and four around in a circle.
  7. Make sure potatoes are covered with 3–4 inches of soil mixture.
  8. Water but do not make the soil 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. Take apart your tower 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.

How to Store Potatoes After Harvest

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

Causes and Solutions to Problems With Potato Plants

SYMPTOMCAUSETREATMENT

Chewed or depleted foliage

Beetles or aphids

Use eco-friendly spray

Scabs 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

Consider Trying Different Varieties

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. 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 three 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 20, 2013:

Thanks, Viking~

L M Reid from Ireland on July 20, 2013:

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

Shared on Twitter and pinned

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 14, 2013:

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.

Michael Hannah on February 14, 2013:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 22, 2012:

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!

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on October 22, 2012:

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.

priyanka on December 04, 2011:

thank u so much

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 28, 2011:

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!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 28, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 16, 2011:

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

Francesca27 from Hub Page on May 16, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 09, 2011:

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

ParadiseForever from Chennai, India. on May 09, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 04, 2011:

WS - Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hanna - Thanks so much as always.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 03, 2011:

Thank you for an excellent hub with great tips

WillSteinmetz on May 02, 2011:

Great hub, Information are useful.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 01, 2011:

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

StayPos from Florida, USA on April 30, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 29, 2011:

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

johnyjane from London on April 28, 2011:

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. :)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 28, 2011:

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!

moonlake from America on April 28, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 28, 2011:

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!

B from Oklahoma on April 28, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 28, 2011:

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!

Samuel E. Richardson from Salt Lake City, Utah on April 28, 2011:

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

MarilynMorrison on April 28, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 27, 2011:

Thanks Purple - Appreciate the congrats and the vote up!

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on April 27, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 26, 2011:

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

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on April 26, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 26, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 26, 2011:

Thanks, Ruby!

Mrs. Menagerie - appreciate the kind comment.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on April 25, 2011:

Great hub and really interesting information!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on April 25, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 25, 2011:

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

Nell Rose from England on April 25, 2011:

Congrats on your win! Yeah! lol

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 24, 2011:

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!!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 24, 2011:

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!

Crewman6 on April 24, 2011:

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!

SilverGenes on April 24, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 24, 2011:

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!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on April 24, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 23, 2011:

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

Rajinder Soni from New Delhi, India on April 23, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 23, 2011:

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!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on April 23, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 23, 2011:

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!!

Kathy Hull from Bloomington, Illinois on April 22, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 20, 2011:

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!

Raymond Tremain from Metro Manila Philippines on April 19, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 19, 2011:

Thanks DF!

Jill Spencer from United States on April 19, 2011:

Awesome ideas! Thanks.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 19, 2011:

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!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on April 18, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

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

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 18, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

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'.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

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.

Charlu from Florida on April 18, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

Thanks Simone!!

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

BlissfulWriter on April 18, 2011:

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

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 18, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

It's a lot of fun, too!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 18, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 18, 2011:

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.

Kathy from California on April 17, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 17, 2011:

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.

dearabbysmom from Indiana on April 17, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 17, 2011:

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!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on April 17, 2011:

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!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 17, 2011:

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.

chspublish from Ireland on April 17, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 17, 2011:

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!

loseweightmama from Maine on April 17, 2011:

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.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 17, 2011:

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.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 16, 2011:

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

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 16, 2011:

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)!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 16, 2011:

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.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 16, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 16, 2011:

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!

Om Paramapoonya on April 16, 2011:

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! :)

RTalloni on April 16, 2011:

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.