Billings, MT, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Fruits and Berries, Medicinal Herbs, Organic Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Vegetables

Birthday: 12/31/1937

Member Since: 07/02/2009

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Re: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

We decided to try potatoes for the first time this year and we are also using an old plastic garbage can. We drilled holes around the bottom, about 1 - 2 inches from the bottom, then put empty, pastic water bottles on the bottom with holes punched in them and no lids. This is to help keep water wicking when it gets hots or we can't be around to water enough.

Then we put about 3 inches of Mel's mix over the bottles. Next we planted two Yukon Gold potatoes that we cut in half. Another 3 inches of mix over them. As the plant has grown we have added more and more mix to keep the plants almost completely covered. The can is almost completely full now and the plants are amazing!!! We can hadly wait to harvest those potatoes!!! Next year we will add a second garbage can and try the Red potatoes too.