Innovative container planting …i.e utilising junk when you’ve run out of pots

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Plenty of options in my backyard, where junk seemingly propogates itself.

Some potatoes being grown in a laundry basket:

This worked well as the holes in the sides kept soil aerated. It was really easy to earth up the plants as they grew, and it was also easy to check when the potatoes were ready for harvest.

We planted three Pentland Javelin tubers and harvested about 3.5kg.

For anyone wanting to grow potatoes in a container two key tip are:

  • Do not let soil dry out as this may inhibit tuber formation;
  • Begin chitted spuds in 6-10″ of soil and then ‘earth up’ regularly- bi-weekly if you can get round to it- which will encourage lots of side shooting tubers, thereby maximising yields!
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