If you’ve ever had homegrown potatoes, you know they taste better. In fact, they are the easiest vegetables to grow. They can be adapted to any soil and are perfect for growing in containers. You can even allow your children to assist you in the gardening process.
Things You Need To Grow Potatoes In Containers
- Organic Seed potatoes
- Potting soil
- Organic Fertilizer
- Sun and water
Cut firm, certified organic seed potatoes into small egg-sized pieces, each with one or two “eye” or stem buds. Be sure to dry them for a day or two before planting them.
Prepare any medium-sized container containing at least two or three gallons of soil and enough holes for the excess water to drain.
Fill the bottom of each container with a few inches of soil for the pot, in which the roots of the potatoes will grow. Add organic fertilizer and stir. Containers can be placed on your patio, balcony or anywhere in your backyard that receives full sun.
Plant the Seed Pieces
Plant three or four pieces of potato seeds in the soil – do not crowd them. Cover them with a couple of inches of soil.
Water the potatoes well. Remember that one of the keys to growing potatoes is keeping the soil moist, not wet.
Cover Plant Stems as They Grow
Once the plants grow up to 6-inches, add more soil to the container. Repeat the process every 2 weeks or so until the container is full.
Harvest The Potatoes
The potatoes are done when their foliage starts to turn yellow. At this point, do not water and allow the foliage to die. Dump out the container and dig through the soil for the potatoes.