Growing Potatoes in Containers


Potatoes in Grow Bag

I've been growing potatoes in bins in our backyard for five years now. I started off using large, plastic storage containers that I drilled holes in for drainage and filled with a few inches of compost. As the potato plants grew, I "hilled" them with more soil.

Unfortunately, I have been less than attentive over the years and generally left the potato plants to get a little too tall before hilling them, which just meant that I probably wasn't getting the optimum yield. Last year, I didn't even really bother with getting potato "seeds" from the nursery and just let what was leftover in the bins grow. Needless to say, we hardly got anything from that experiment.

One thing I did notice, however, due to the paltry amount of potatoes, was that the bin got really soggy. The drainage holes I made just weren't doing their job and the potatoes that did grow were squishy and waterlogged.

Using Grow Bags 

Instead of growing the potatoes in the containers again this year (one completely had degraded due to years of weather and sunlight), I decided to try growing potatoes in grow bags. The bags I ended up getting are felt-like and have a porous fabric that allows excess water to drain and the roots to breathe. Quite a difference from their last environment.

Hilling with Straw and Soil 

2/26/2013 1:27:20 AM

black plastic garbage cans are great for growing potatoes. you can layer with saw dust, dirt, straw all the way to the top and the black color absorbs more heat.......but like the others said, just dumping it over at the end is so much more fun than digging

Susie Oliver
7/14/2012 3:46:52 PM

My daughter-in-law gave me an article on how to grow potatoes in an old tire, and I tried it this growing season. It's growing great, blossoming now, and all I've done is add more soil and water it. I'm anxious to see how many spuds I get! I only planted 1 potatoe, since I've never grown them, and didn't want a boatload of potatoes, since I don't really have a good, cool place to winter them. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Anna Schinske
7/8/2012 12:47:29 PM

Stacked tires works great.

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