Learn about growing potatoes in containers. Grow potatoes in a barrel in a small area or on your deck.
Growing potatoes in a barrel can be a fun family project. Help your kids learn how potato tubers form on the roots of the potato plant. Experience together the joy of providing some of your own food for the table.
It is so rewarding to do this easy gardening project with family and friends. And it's so much fun to see children discover that food does not come just from the supermarket.
Best of all will be when you and they taste the delicious tiny new potatoes that you grew yourselves. You are all likely to decide in favor of vegetables once again.The Complete Book of Potatoes: What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know
Here is what you need to do to grow potatoes in a barrel:
Now you're ready to plant your seed potatoes
If you grow your own potatoes every year, and set some of the crop for next year's seed, you're ready to go. Don't use supermarket potatoes as seed potatoes; they are treated with a sprouting retarding chemical and will not produce good results.
Get your seed potatoes ready for your "growing potatoes in containers project":
In a few days you will find small plants sprouting up through the sawdust. Each time your plants grow a couple more inches above the sawdust, add more, mounds it around the plants and check if they need more water.
When the potato plants are blooming well you and your children can dig down into the barrel and feel the potatoes growing on the roots. These potatoes will be small "new potatoes". Gently pull some of those new potatoes up for a tasty treat. They are yummy boiled in their skins with butter and parsley sprinkled over the top.
Leave the rest of your potato crop in the soil and dig them as needed. They will rest there without sprouting for several months, insulated from the cold by the well drained soil.
Grow potatoes in a barrel to use in all your soups, stews and other favorite potato recipes.
Growing potatoes in containers is easy and fun. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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