Living in a city, growing vegetables can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a yard, as most people don’t. However, you can grow enough veggies for a whole family on a patio if you do it correctly!
Potatoes are a root vegetable, and the more room you have for the roots, the more potatoes you will grow. In a garden, this means digging down and having a lot of loose soil very deep so the potatoes can grow DOWN and make more roots. But you can do all this in a container, and grow a TON of potatoes in a large container.
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Prep giant planter
Step 2: Plant potatoes
Remember the fall harvest potatoes from last year? I let a bunch of them go, and they’ve been putting out shoots for months. Now, I picked the best of them and planted them. Normally you want at least 12″ between potato plants, but because we’re growing vertical, I planted them about 6″ apart, in a ring around the outside, and one in the middle.
Step 3: Wait for them to grow
Eventually, you’ll start to see the plants growing above the soil. Wait until each of the potato plants have broken the surface of the dirt, then cover them with another 6″ of dirt. Gently pat down the dirt.
The reason you’re doing this is because you want the plant to direct its energy into growing roots (aka, potatoes) instead of plants. As you keep burying the plants, the part that is underground grows more roots, and more potatoes. You’re trying to make every square inch of the bucket grow potatoes.
Step 4: Repeat
Again, wait for the plants to come up, then bury them, pat down, water. Keep this up until you’re about 2-4″ from the top of the planter, and then leave it in a sunny area, water, fertilize.
Wait until the plants die, then eventually fall over, and they’ll be ready for harvest, but I’ll do another post on that for part 2!
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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