It was probably early March and I had it in my glassed in porch where I wintered over the pots for my front porch but they all rotted. 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. As your potatoes grow, make sure to add more straw to keep them fully covered. Do not eat them. Every area has a different growing cycle. Tips for Growing Potatoes in Containers: 1. Reach in and pull some out! Sorry. Tags: Bale Gardening, Growing Potatoes, Hay Bale Gardening, Hay Gardening, Potato, Potato growing, Straw Bale Potato harvest from bales is easy, with no fork or shovel, simply cut the strings and kick over the bales, and pick up the potatoes. I read this wonderful post early last summer. If the potato is small, just leave it without cutting it. Because I’m nothing if not accommodating. If you buy a bale of straw ($4) it’ll do for many baskets of potatoes. Like on a grouchy day I would leave the site because it pissed me off annoying. Why did he build up an area in the garden with bricks? Props to you for making food! I had more luck using five gallon buckets acquired for free from the local Walmart. Woot! With some nice mashed potatoes. The ones in the ground with the top dressing of straw did great. Just leave it out in the elements to get rained on etc. I plan to test all the potato planting methods this year. ~ karen. Apparently carrying a purse, or anything other than a hoof pick, would have immediately pegged me as an outsider. The cuts need to scab over so they don’t rot or get bacteria/disease in them when you plant them. Make some holes in the bag for adequate drainage and fill the bag with compost. Harvest your potatoes by gently pulling the plants from the hay. Not, garden soil! Then they must put a tire or a straw on top of this soil. Should I be concerned? Tatties are so easy to plant there’s no reason not to! I like the straw in a bushel basket idea…I’m curious to see how that works out as well! I displayed them inside for a bit. Luckily, I didn’t add the straw until after we had a week-long deluge. I’ll have to tell you all about my short life of crime another time but just let it be said it does not pay to call a police officer a stupid son of a bitch when he tells you a mentally retarded adult doesn’t need anyone to tell her what she can do when she has loaded her wheel chair into a semi at a truck stop when she has known the guy for only a few minutes. The potato vines ended up rotting for the most part due to too much wetness. 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. I am not a gardener, at all. And thank you for the tutorials describing the process of growing food to make me even more grateful that I don’t have to. I’m doing them in half bushel baskets with straw, like you see here, I’m doing them in half bushels with all soil, and the traditional potato planting method of trenches and then hilling them in a regular garden bed. And I’m going to use soil only in the 5th container, which I planted later than the others. Cover the seed potatoes with an additional 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) of soil. I’m not sure what he based his decision on but if he pitches hissy fits we would not have worked out. 4. We’re in the same zone as you, so we’d be planting at the beginning of May. For people with very small gardens or just a patio or porch, growing potatoes in containers can be interesting and productive. Fill the bottom third of the can with a mix of quality soil and compost. I think you’re fine. Only the top set of leaves should be showing when you’re done. In baskets with straw and straight in the soil/trenches. Getting back on topic….will you do a tutorial on how to plate blue mashed potatoes attractively? 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. I can’t wait to see how many potatoes I get with them! Once they have grown 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm. How to Grow Vegetables & Flowers from Seed. ?? If you buy potatoes from the grocery store that happen to grow eyes, you aren’t guaranteed they’ll be disease free and grow into nice healthy potatoes. Place the seed potatoes in the soil top. You can get them this time of year at garden centres, seed stores and sometimes even hardware stores carry them. If you just have a balcony stick them out there. At my house you have to be able to take care of yourself. Then filled halfway with potting soil. I am using pallet box method for planting my potatoes this year. Climate Zones are the same in the US and Canada. Don’t forget to plan for that. I’ll plan ahead next year & shop around. Your email address will not be published. Oh my word……”holy shit….Mr. I have full sun at the side of my home…faces south. You can plant potatoes in half bushel baskets, with 6″ of dirt and a bunch of straw. Every spring, I pull the potato plants right out of the compost pile! I discovered your website when I looking for chicken coop ideas. Whatever. What are the 3 True Chips? I really adore when you incorporate the fella – and his pop – into your posts) Happy Day, Karen! More Tips For Growing Potatoes In Straw One way to also determine if your potatoes are ready for harvest is when tiny flowers start appearing in your plants. I’m so glad you’re growing your own food. Howevever, I want to know EXACTLY what kind of potato I’m growing so I bought a variety of interesting certified seed potatoes. ~ karen! Oh,my! You wanna plant potatoes but you don’t have any room? Yes, of course, but would I? I used an old metal trash can that had a rusted out bottom and a heavy leaf bag. The beauty of growing potatoes under a straw mat is that the guesswork is taken out of the growing, and harvesting becomes considerably easier. If you’re curious about growing fun things like potatoes, it’s something I think might be worth your while to look into. Just bought a tomato cage today that I’ll line with newspaper and keep the straw going. I live in an apartment and dont even have a balcony. 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. The straw which has acted as mulch for your plants will also serve as compost for your soil as they decay. Plus, you’ve never seen anyone pitch a fit like the fella when he gets worked up. Simply let the plants die off, and once they die, the potatoes are ripe for the picking. Hi Carolyn – 2 lbs of seed potatoes is about average for a small mesh bag. (giggle). One Month Update. 3. You didn’t protest this..This man is obviously a barbarian!!! Did you have to get it and let it start decomposing last fall? You’ll just have to figure out how to get that dill pickle flavor in there. 5. I’m going to try it again this year with only one basket instead of the 4 or 5 I did last year. (Roll down sides of container if desired). ~ karen. ;) ~ karen. How To Grow Potatoes In Straw In Containers: Idea 4 Laying Seeding Potatoes. Last year, I grew decorative sweet potato vines and had no idea they would actually produce purple potatoes! Would take very few potatoe seeds to make enough for us. The design can be as simple as driving four snow-fence posts at corners in a square, then tightly binding the fencing around the poles. Well I was meaning potatoe chips, which seem to be your favorite food ever. Here’s one of the simplest methods for growing potatoes in a container – a large, heavy-duty trash bag. But hey, they’re are no guarantees in gardening and you I don’t see that you offered any, so caveat emptor, I say. Glad you found me and sorry I took up 2 hours of your day, LOL. Into a restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. Do not plant the whole potato in the ground, instead grow slips, them root them before putting in the ground. So make sure you cut them several days before you plan to plant them. Thelba, or whatever her name was, started to ring him up and asked him how long he was planning on staying in town. Thelba then explained to the fella They’re for crops. How far in advance can you buy seed potatoes? So do cucumbers. But for now, I’m getting kindda hungry. You are giving me inspiration to grow more of our own food!!! Most of your yard real estate is taken up  by decorative Gnomes and a shuffleboard court? Welcome to my site. I’m potato geeking out over these. Take care, Cathy, I put my blue potatoes into a mesh-wire bedroom waste basket, lined with black garden fabric. I don’t remember to water them either. Unfortunately, my bags rotted through from the moisture. It would appear as though you’ve been proven wrong. I like “Sophia” of Golden Girl status….carry my purse everywhere! =) Love your fresh n funny sense of humor – you have a great writing style that engages me! Maybe it’s not for potatoes! He lived in a typical, small Prairie town. I’m pretty excited! If it’s not there let me know, because I’ll alert my ad network. I’m a little late in the game, but found just 2 lbs of seed potatoes for sale online at a not so bad price, and thought I’d try a container of them. The animals are quite lucky actually. :D, Thanks Lucy. Cut large seed potatoes into chunks about 2\" wide. Keep repeating this procedure for two or three more cycles. I have a LOT of potato planting ahead of me. Also I really want to try those Kennebec and the Russian Blue. Most vegetables need an immense amount of natural sunlight to gather the energy they need to produce fruit (vegetables). Karen, I have a friend who likes to take blue potato potato salad to any summer BBQs or potlucks- just to get a reaction! The tire becomes a container for both garden soil and compost. While the potatoes are actually edible, the general consensus seems to be that they taste terrible. They had to take out everything in it and list it so I couldn’t say something had disappeared while in their custody. New potatoes can be harvested easily even before the potato vines mature completely. ), cover them with more straw until only an inch (2.5 cm.) Then push the soil back over them, so they’re halfways down in the dirt. And even then I don’t think it would work. Maybe he’s building … a straw bench. Once they have grown 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm. 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. ~ karen. The US climate zone numbers seem much easier. Growing Potatoes in Containers: Potatoes are easy to grow in large containers: bushel baskets, wooden or plastic barrels, plastic or metal trash cans, wire cages, and even heavy-duty plastic garbage bags. Should I wipe this off, or give them a hair cut or what? OH! They’re also a fun addition to vegetable soup. My vegetable garden is on my front lawn so I avoid planting in things like laundry baskets and old tires for the sake of my neighbours, lol. You rock! :). How to Plant Potatoes in Straw.Container Planting. You said grody, you mentioned nothing about moldy. You don’t want a lot of air pockets, you want to use a LOT of straw and smash it down. If you weren’t looking for ad feedback, sorry!!!! I just planted some blue potatoes two weeks ago and they have started putting some real leaves out. Nikki – Chips like french fries? Hi Donealla! When first planted, the seed potatoes are just barely covered with soil. And my sweet potatoes did even better! Well thank goodness I saw this! If there isn’t much rain, be sure to water the plants regularly. Depending on the size of the potato, you’ll cut them into half or even 3 or 4 times. Did you know that you can grow potatoes in a container with just a little bit of soil and a whole bunch of straw? =). ~ karen. I hope they have those at Big R. I may have to hunt a bit. I am so excited for potatoes! They’re usually pretty vigorous. Fill your half bushel basket (ask at your grocery store or farmer’s market for them) with 6 inches of soil. Just for fun, I’m also growing a batch of Russian Blue potatoes. Seed potatoes have been guaranteed to be disease free. Don’t forget your purse. You can apply the same principle (“straw hilling”) when growing potatoes in a straw bale. I ended up with a big old pot of compost. You want to make sure each chunk of potato has at least 2 eyes. A container for potato growing should be at least 2½ to 3 feet tall and 3 feet across with holes for drainage in the bottom and sides. Light causes potatoes to … They sprout there like CRAZY. They’re long, small fingerling potatoes with a pink swirl inside. Stick them anywhere you have space and sunlight. Planting potatoes in straw, for instance, makes for easy harvesting when they are ready, and you won’t have to dig into the hard ground to get them. He was making meatloaf and he wanted mashed potatoes with it. When you see flowers, you’ll know there will be small new potatoes under the straw. Plant away. Plant seed potatoes with sprouted-side up in soil, and cover them with 2-3 inches of additional compost. Your email address will not be published. I attempted another method I had found online using the cloth grocery bags – purchased at a dollar store. I found the seed potatoes for $4.50 for 2 lbs. I plan to test all the potato planting methods this year. I found benefits to both. I over feed them. When growing potatoes in straw, harvest time is easy. After a week … they’ll look all grody. As the plant grows, additional soil is heaped around the plant at regular intervals until the container is filled. Floating ads? I’m going to try the green onion, celery, and potatoes in containers gardening. If you use only 6 inches of potting soil do you have to fertilize them along? Great post! Potatoes prefer slightly acidic soil. http://www.bamboobotanicals.ca/bamboo-care/light-temperature-for-bamboo.html, http://www.herballisticgarden.com/2/post/2012/05/grow-110lbs-of-potatoes-we-shall-see.html. I like your contained/organized looking version…. was wondering if you did the basket / straw method last year? Making me laugh and teaching me stuff — two of my favorite things! How cool! As luck would have it, I happen to be out of potatoes, so I’ll have to run to the store to get some. We have a bucket planted, using soil/straw and they are cresting over the top. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! What? Fries, mashed, scalloped and boiled. →Follow me on Instagram where I often make a fool of myself←. Cover with another 10cm (4in) layer of growing medium then sit back and wait. I drive my butt to the grocery store or better yet, to a restaurant where someone else has done all the work. Also, I hope we don’t read anything about potato famine or blight! I’m kindda glad I did. How small? Hi Andrea – I’m not sure what you mean. Where do you get your straw? To hill potatoes just fill in around all the stems and lower leaves of the potatoes with your soil or straw. We have a big weedy patch and are growing our potatoes there, covered with straw, to suffocate the weeds. Now’s the fun part. All of the ads should have a little “X” in the upper right hand corner that allows you to close them. :) ~ karen. Only the top set of leaves should be showing when you’re done. I’m talking furry mold. Could I? I found this Site amusing and useful. and by the time you need to use it to hill the pototoes it’ll be starting to decompose. THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2020. Regardless, if I get rid of the ads, I have to get rid of the site, so the ads stay. ~ karen! 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This means that he creeps into our yard under the cover of darkness and looks after our gardening! 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? It got so wet the plants just rotted from too much moisture. Tell the Fella’s dad that I grow blue TOMATOES! I never got to planting potatoes this year because the shipping charges made it crazy expensive. I packed the straw in really tight to make sure it would hold enough water. http://www.bamboobotanicals.ca/bamboo-care/light-temperature-for-bamboo.html ~ karen! You should make fancy chips with your Russian Blue potatoes! Follow the directions from your particular growing areas when you want to know when to plant potatoes in straw. I can never find an answer that I understand. How did the taters do? Thanks for the update. I am doing container potatoes as well, and as usual, I see new ways from you AND, more importantly, the fact that you are running experiments during your growing season to find the BEST way to do it. To hill potatoes just fill in around all the stems and lower leaves of the potatoes with your soil or straw. I like your idea of the baskets. 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! Lay the straw with the height at four to five inches at the top of it. Each of those produced quite well. What does the fella’s dad have to say about the chips/fries/crisps debate? No problem. Not to worry. I do plant my potatoes in the soil, but have alternated between hilling with straw and hilling with soil and can’t make up my mind which is more of a pain in the neck. I just have to see how much they want for shipping, because that could kill the idea. I’m sure we would all enjoy seeing pictures and comments on your experimentation. And yes. They were those pretty chartruse ones and I would have thought they would have done great like everything else did. I love potatoes!!!!!! And I’m finding it difficult to even pack the straw down at all. They did the best they could but finally gave in to hystericl laughter when they got to the purse size fly swatter. They’re fine. And what about you Karen..no potato chips?? They are a mistake of nature. 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. You should leave them to grow and monitor their progress. ), cover them with more straw until only an inch (2.5 cm.) I’m very resourceful at making crafts, I can do it all day long, but I wouldn’t want to have to grow my own food. Janey – I’m not sure what ad you’re talking about. 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