West Chester, OH, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Fruits and Berries, Gardening with Kids, Organic Gardening, Ornamental Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

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Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

I bought the laundry baskets at a local dollar store (I have 2 baskets). I filled the baskets with about 2" of soil & compost, then put a seed potato into each basket (each potato was cut...

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Re: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

If you're concerned about growing potatoes in a laundry basket, by all means don't do it. I'm not worried about it, as most plastics are BPA free in general these days, and I'm not heating the plastic to a high enough temperature for it to become unstable. This is my own comfort level, each person has theirs. If you're concerned about plastic containers, find some wooden ones, or metal ones. Problem solved.

As far as when to plant - potatoes take about 3 months to mature, so as long as you have 3 months of warm weather ahead of you, you can plant them about any time. That said, they prefer a cooler, moister environment, so they're generally planted in the spring. In the south, you could certainly try a fall planting (Aug-Sept) I'm in the Cincinnati area and have planted as early as mid-March and as late as mid-May and had good success.

Re: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

Also, a note about the comment someone wrote about filling up with compost or grass clippings - I don't recommend this as it will likely produce LOTS of leaves but not as many potatoes. I do use some well-finished compost mixed with dirt, but I would not recommend fresh grass clippings due to the high nitrogen levels in them.

Re: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

I had completely forgotten I had written this until it showed up on a Pinterest feed of a friend of mine. Too funny. Here are some quick updates... You can use grocery store potatoes if need be, but most are bred and treated to NOT grow eyes quickly or easily, and they very likely may not be organic. You can order seed potatoes through a variety of online sources (Google organic seed poatoes and you'll find a ton) or you can likely find some at a local garden center. Heck I think last year I even saw them at the WalMart garden center (non-organic). You'll likely have quicker growth and a more plentiful yield from seed potatoes. I also now line the laundry baskets with straw to help keep the dirt in, but still allow the potato shoots to grow through the sides. And yes, when you "hill" the potatoes you cover up all but the top few leaves. It's best to hill every 7-10 days and add a little dirt more often than a whole bunch of dirt over a big chunk of the plant at once.

Re: Eggplant Topiary

I've had good luck with eggplants the past few years. This year I have one in my front flower bed at the mailbox. I think their leaves are very ornamental and work well in places you don't expect to see vegetables.