Garbage Can Potatoes

Last year, I learned you can grow potatoes in a garbage can.  How cool is that?  Sounds weird, and it is, but it’s also pretty dang cool if you ask me.  Apparently potatoes grow off the stem of the plant instead of at the root or at the top as the flower, so you have to have something deep to grow them in … or if you grow them in the ground, you have to keep mounding dirt on top of the plant as it grows to keep the stem covered with dirt. 

Since we didn’t want to start making mounds of dirt all over our yard, we decided to try growing them in garbage can like I’d read about online.

So, we got ourselves two gargage cans.

And some organic potting soil and organic seed potatoes (yukon gold and dakota red).

Had a little fun with power tools.

Drilling a ton of holes in each garbage can.

Next, I put two inches of left over gravel in the bottom of them.

Then I cut up the potatoes, making sure each chunk had an eye on it.

Added some potting soil, and nestled each potato chunk four inches down.

We added a little water to get them going, moved them into a sunny place on the side of our house and now we wait!

4 thoughts on “Garbage Can Potatoes

  1. I have always wanted to do this!!! Going to make the hubby read this post to see if I can inspire him. How many potato plants can you grow per garbage can?

  2. Let me know if you end up doing it, Kate! I have no idea what I’m doing or how many plants will actually grow out of the 5 chunks I planted…so we’ll just have to wait and see! 🙂

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