Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Help! Onion Maggots!
by trolleydriver Today at 9:00 am

» Lurking newby
by BlackjackWidow Today at 8:14 am

» Compost pile in Schwenksville PA.
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:57 am

» Any tips growing with Jiffy Pots
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:53 am

» Powdery Mildew already striking
by sanderson Today at 2:29 am

» N&C Midwest - MAY! Spring has sprung!
by DorothyG Today at 12:01 am

» 2018 SFG in Brooks, GA
by yolos Yesterday at 10:16 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:38 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2018
by hammock gal Yesterday at 10:51 am

» Potato growing
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:49 am

» Situation in Hawaii
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:40 am

» Pests...How to keep at bay
by jimmy cee Sat 19 May 2018, 10:41 pm

» On the Road
by sanderson Sat 19 May 2018, 1:09 pm

» New England May 2018
by sanderson Sat 19 May 2018, 12:17 am

» Mr. Booker's Garden -2018
by sanderson Fri 18 May 2018, 12:17 pm

» Volunteer Mushroom
by AtlantaMarie Fri 18 May 2018, 7:13 am

» Hi from Burrrrlington Vermont!
by AtlantaMarie Fri 18 May 2018, 7:10 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in MaY 2018
by Kelejan Thu 17 May 2018, 10:30 pm

» Aero Garden for starting seeds?
by Windsor.Parker Thu 17 May 2018, 3:44 pm

» Potatoes: Yes or No?
by jimmy cee Wed 16 May 2018, 11:38 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Wed 16 May 2018, 8:54 pm

» Interplanting Beans/Cucumbers to repel beetles
by Roseinarosecity Wed 16 May 2018, 1:51 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Wed 16 May 2018, 9:55 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Tue 15 May 2018, 10:20 pm

» Sanderson's Urban SFG in Fresno, California
by sanderson Tue 15 May 2018, 2:56 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by has55 Tue 15 May 2018, 12:14 pm

» Happy Mother's Day!
by countrynaturals Mon 14 May 2018, 2:55 pm

» Just Completed my Garden.....What Should I Plant NOW!
by stealthmayhem Mon 14 May 2018, 8:55 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by MrBooker Mon 14 May 2018, 7:48 am

» Hi from Buffalo
by MrBooker Mon 14 May 2018, 7:28 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

growing potatos outside of the beds

Go down

growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  HouseofWool on Sat 07 May 2011, 3:52 pm

We go through TONS of potatoes and there is no way I can devote enough space in the beds themselves to grow enough for us.

However, we have 5 gallon pails all over the place. I am thinking of using them to grow the potatoes, just like I normally would, adding more MM as necessary to keep them covered until they get close to the top. If I add gravel to the bottom with drainage holes, I am thinking it will work.

Has anyone tried something similar?

HouseofWool

Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-06-09
Location : SE Wisconsin

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  Furbalsmom on Sat 07 May 2011, 4:22 pm

HouseofWool

5 gallon buckets are great for growing potatoes. I grow lots of things in5 gallon buckets. My potatoes are actually in an old seed bag (woven plastic stuff) but the concept is exactly the same. Other members use garbage cans, tote bags, tote boxes and seem to have great results.

Just drill holes in the bottom and on the bottom part of the sides to allow for proper drainage.

There is no need to put gravel in the bottom, your Mel's Mix will retain moisture but drain well without gravel. Besides, the gravel could easily cause bumps and stuff on your potatoes.
avatar
Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 71
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  stripesmom on Sat 07 May 2011, 4:37 pm

I'm growing potatoes in old tires. I've not done it before, but read that you just add more tires as they grow. It was suggested that you could use 3 tires stacked on top of each other, adding dirt (or MM in our case) as they leaf out. You can get away with 4 tires, but that could be a risk with children. They might want to play on them and it could possibly fall over.
avatar
stripesmom

Posts : 291
Join date : 2011-03-28
Location : SE Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  cabinfever on Sat 07 May 2011, 5:17 pm

I'm doing mine in 5 gallon pails too. I'm gonna drill holes in the bottom, add a piece of weed cloth, fill with organic potting soil and some compost.
avatar
cabinfever

Posts : 66
Join date : 2011-03-04
Location : MN

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  Aub on Sat 07 May 2011, 11:46 pm

I have a 2x2 potato box, a rubbermaid tub, and a pile of almost compost all with potatoes in them.
One of my clients told me her husband does his in piles of leaves. He saves all the leaves from the fall and puts them along the fence. They sit over the winter and break down a bit, then on St. Patty's Day he plants his potatoes.
avatar
Aub

Female Posts : 283
Join date : 2010-08-07
Age : 37
Location : Central Illinois (near Peoria) 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  LentilSoup on Sun 08 May 2011, 7:39 am

Mel and SFG Foundation did a video on this.
https://www.youtube.com/user/SFGFoundation?blend=3&ob=5#p/u/0/oH1Z_dUEgIg

I'm growing mine in a 15 gallon Geoplanter pot. I'm using a mix of 2 kinds of compost to fill it.

avatar
LentilSoup

Posts : 31
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : Maryland

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  madnicmom on Sun 08 May 2011, 1:00 pm

That geoplanter looks really cool. I'm growing some in a 18 gal buckets bought at Menards. They are the ones with rope handles on them. I'm using MM minus the vermiculite to "mound" them.
avatar
madnicmom

Female Posts : 567
Join date : 2011-01-26
Age : 48
Location : zone 6, North of Cincinnati

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  HouseofWool on Sun 08 May 2011, 3:47 pm

Thanks for all of the advice. I managed to find 3 HUGE garbage cans that are no longer in service and will be co-opting them to grow our potatoes.

I am very excited to have the extra room in the beds for other plants.

HouseofWool

Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-06-09
Location : SE Wisconsin

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  jbh29 on Sun 08 May 2011, 6:55 pm

I planted potatoes today in 2 half wiskey barrels, an old ash tub, 1 5 gallon bucket, and an extra large patio planter. Oh, I also planted a short row in the ground (not sfg). I've never planted potatoes and I too didn't want to take up the space in my beds. I can't wait to see which containers do best and then compare them to the row in the ground. I'm goint to keep an eye out for large garbage bins for next year.
avatar
jbh29

Female Posts : 133
Join date : 2011-04-08
Location : Northwest Wisconsin

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing potatos outside of the beds

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum