Tips On How To Grow Potatoes
When planning your vegetable garden it is great to look at what your family eats. For many of us that includes potatoes and sweet potatoes. But, they can take up the whole garden fairly easy. The good news is people have gotten creative and found some pretty cool ideas on how to grow potatoes in some spaces allowing you to grow more plants in your garden.
Below you will find four of the best ideas how to grow potatoes in small spaces.
Growing potatoes in a trash can might not sound like a great idea but it is. The trick is to start with a brand new trash can so you do not have toxins leaching into your soil and potatoes. Plant at the bottom and continue to add soil as your potatoes grow. This takes some moving to be sure the plants get plenty of sun while the plant is still low at the bottom of the trash can. The good news? At that point, the can is light and easy to move. When it is time to harvest dump onto a tarp for easy digging.
Old tires make a great way to grow potatoes in a small space. Start the potatoes in the height of one tire. Add tires and soil as the plant grows encouraging it to grow upward. This is handy if moving a trash can is not an option for you because you don’t need to move it in those early stages. Simply dismantle one tire at a time to harvest.
Build a potato box using small homemade garden beds. As your potatoes grow stack another layer. You can reuse it year after year making it worth the investment. Harvesting is as easy as pulling down one side of the stacked garden beds
Not in the mood to DIY your small space potato garden? The good news is you don’t have to. You can order potato growing bags that even have a flap for easy harvesting. These make growing potatoes in small spaces easy and a bit prettier to look at. These allow you to grow potatoes anywhere even your balcony.
When you are done with each season recycle your potato growing soil into another garden bed. Planting beans in that soil next is a great way to return the nutrients that the potatoes sucked out of the soil. While it seems easy to reuse the same soil for another batch of potatoes your next crop will not flourish as well provide you the same level of nutrition.