Welcome to my site. They’re usually pretty vigorous. They range from 1 – 7. Maybe it’s not for potatoes! Why did he build up an area in the garden with bricks? Nope. Plant seed potatoes into this mix, burying about … Then let your potatoes heal for a few days. Cover the seed potatoes with an additional 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) of soil. of the new growth shows through, then let the plants grow another 4 to 6 inches. You can either do this with more container soil and compost OR you can use partially decomposed straw. They dug up my sunflower seeds in no time flat! Of course, this means that during the course of the winter you have to strategically let some potatoes and cucumbers go bad…. How to Plant Potatoes in Straw.Container Planting. my husbands elderly bachelor uncles were farmers, mainly potatoes ( actually they say podadas)and my husbands cousin planted podadas on their graves the year they died. For planting. I’ll have to tell you all about my short life of crime another time but just let it be said it does not pay to call a police officer a stupid son of a bitch when he tells you a mentally retarded adult doesn’t need anyone to tell her what she can do when she has loaded her wheel chair into a semi at a truck stop when she has known the guy for only a few minutes. I packed the straw in really tight to make sure it would hold enough water. I am a Southern Ontario transplant to Southern California and it was just so refreshing to read your blog. Oh,my! It just needs to get a bit wet/mushy. When growing potatoes in straw, harvest time is easy. Whenever you’re planting in a container … you should use container soil. I think I packed the straw down too tight. Man, I love you! Once they have grown 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm. I’m afraid you wouldn’t have very much luck growing potatoes indoors unless you also installed a HUGE amount of grow lights. Well I can tell you it didn’t work great but I think it was my fault. I am going to carry my purse. Come to think of it … who cares. ~ k! I used half compost and half CONTAINER SOIL. You don’t want a lot of air pockets, you want to use a LOT of straw and smash it down. I’m not sure what he based his decision on but if he pitches hissy fits we would not have worked out. I’m going to try the green onion, celery, and potatoes in containers gardening. Planting potatoes in straw, for instance, makes for easy harvesting when they are ready, and you won’t have to dig into the hard ground to get them. If it’s not there let me know, because I’ll alert my ad network. How far in advance can you buy seed potatoes? If you prefer bigger potatoes, growing potatoes in straw is a great way to get them. I’m pretty sure you wrote one, but I can’t seem to locate it. And yes. I’ve grown them in new metal garbage cans before but the baskets are much nicer looking! And I’m finding it difficult to even pack the straw down at all. Growing sweet potato bought from shop. I’m going to try it again this year with only one basket instead of the 4 or 5 I did last year. I have 5 containers of spuds and have started the first hilling up in 4 of them with straw. You want to make sure each chunk of potato has at least 2 eyes. You might be asking yourself, “How do I grow potatoes in straw?” First, you start by picking a garden area that gets full sunlight. Also I really want to try those Kennebec and the Russian Blue. I used an old metal trash can that had a rusted out bottom and a heavy leaf bag. I haven’t tried planting in laundry baskets. Most of your yard real estate is taken up  by decorative Gnomes and a shuffleboard court? :). Only the top set of leaves should be showing when you’re done. Both in plastic planters (from Lee Valley) and in regular raised beds. The straw which has acted as mulch for your plants will also serve as compost for your soil as they decay. (Roll down sides of container if desired). And what about you Karen..no potato chips?? I went to visit him once and he wouldn’t let me carry my purse to the town restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. This is great Karen..I’m going to try it if I have the time.. The beauty of growing potatoes under a straw mat is that the guesswork is taken out of the growing, and harvesting becomes considerably easier. How do you keep squirrels out? Then push the soil back over them, so they’re halfways down in the dirt. While the potatoes are actually edible, the general consensus seems to be that they taste terrible. As soon … They’re also a fun addition to vegetable soup. I watched a video on youtube and thought ok I can do that. Should I wipe this off, or give them a hair cut or what? I’m hopeful. Not only do I learn a lot but your “funny” makes my day! I don’t remember to water them either. Harvest your potatoes by gently pulling the plants from the hay. At “hilling” time, I just threw in some more soil. lol Them there are seed potatoes fella.”  To which the fella replied, Yeah, yeah. SO! :D, Thanks Lucy. Great post! To grow a potato plant in straw, be sure the seed pieces and rows are spaced the same way they would be if you were to cultivate your potatoes the conventional way. Where do you get partially decomposed straw? How did the taters do? I found benefits to both. I tried growing potatoes in straw in garbage bags last year- and it did not turn out well. The ones in the ground with the top dressing of straw did great. And now I’m sorry I lauded the idea of straw-hilling to so many people (based on your blog as well as many other sources) before seeing if it actually works. It should be in an area that receives sufficient daily sunlight. Did you know that you can grow potatoes in a container with just a little bit of soil and a whole bunch of straw? The chicken fence potato tower is a easy and productive means of growing potatoes, especially when using straw. (giggle). Keep repeating this procedure for two or three more cycles. How would you like to be shut up in the hoosgow w/out a fly swatter? I can’t seem to find it here, but I thought you mentioned how many pounds of seed potatoes to get, and how many potatoes they could potentially produce?? Into a restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. Just pull out any weeds you run across if they appear. I like your idea of the baskets. If you buy a bale of straw ($4) it’ll do for many baskets of potatoes. It’s certainly enough to plant to have fun with it, but probably not enough to feed a small village. Other than having far more nutrients because you’re eating it the moment you pick it, it’s just plain fun to be able to go outside to your produce section and decide what to have for dinner. Well thank goodness I saw this! ~ k! Stick them anywhere you have space and sunlight. http://www.bamboobotanicals.ca/bamboo-care/light-temperature-for-bamboo.html ~ karen! Required fields are marked *. THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2020. Our family especially likes them grilled with garlic and rosemary. Place your potatoes on the newspaper. Because I’m nothing if not accommodating. Place the seed potatoes in the soil top. When the potatoes have grown another 6″ – 8″, hill them again. Fill the bottom third of the can with a mix of quality soil and compost. I like your contained/organized looking version…. Like on a grouchy day I would leave the site because it pissed me off annoying. How small? I am using pallet box method for planting my potatoes this year. Select a container that is at least 16 inches in diameter and 16 inches (41 cm) high. I am a seasoned gardener and I didn’t even realize that I had to let them”heal” after the cut. What does the fella’s dad have to say about the chips/fries/crisps debate? Many, many towns and cities have community gardens that you can rent a plot at. Growing potatoes in a container is ideal to keep them safe from predators and free of fungal infections. I never did. I would love to try this for my daughter and me. Do not plant the whole potato in the ground, instead grow slips, them root them before putting in the ground. How cool! My husband’s birthday is in March, and I’m considering buying him potatoes (they were his favourite thing to grow in our first-time vegetable garden last year). Glad you found me and sorry I took up 2 hours of your day, LOL. ), cover them with more straw until only an inch (2.5 cm.) No problem. If you buy potatoes from the grocery store that happen to grow eyes, you aren’t guaranteed they’ll be disease free and grow into nice healthy potatoes. This means that he creeps into our yard under the cover of darkness and looks after our gardening! About a week before planting, place seed potatoes in a warm spot. But it just goes to show you never have too many emergency supplies with you. I ended up with a big old pot of compost. I do plant my potatoes in the soil, but have alternated between hilling with straw and hilling with soil and can’t make up my mind which is more of a pain in the neck. So make sure you cut them several days before you plan to plant them. Also, I hope we don’t read anything about potato famine or blight! LOL. Place them on top of the soil and cover with a thick layer of straw, ensuring that every potato is covered. Delicious and super duper easy. As the plant grows, additional soil is heaped around the plant at regular intervals until the container is filled. Make sure to face the eyes upward. The reason it’s better to use partially decomposed straw is because you’ll be able to smash it down tighter than fresh straw. I just have to see how much they want for shipping, because that could kill the idea. Our arrival must have been the event of the summer! Growing potatoes in straw is a wonderful, old-fashioned way of growing potatoes. Every spring, I pull the potato plants right out of the compost pile! If you weren’t looking for ad feedback, sorry!!!! Follow the directions from your particular growing areas when you want to know when to plant potatoes in straw. You cannot imagine the looks of disgust! Then filled halfway with potting soil. I’ll plan ahead next year & shop around. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong- I get lovely healthy plants, they flower, then die off and I get so excited to dump the bin and then, nada. Regardless, if I get rid of the ads, I have to get rid of the site, so the ads stay. ~ karen. Just say’n. What is it about Kennebecs that make them your favourite? To carry a purse. ), cover them with more straw until only an inch (2.5 cm.) Each of those produced quite well. They also said that it would keep them really blemish free because they would not have any rocks or pebbles or anything in the “soil” to fight with while growing. Reach in and pull some out! Use a soil blend made for acid-loving plants or amend soil with an acid mix fertilizer according to package directions. Okay that’s a lie, 2 years ago I got three the size of a loonie. Not pretty but effective. ~ karen. You can put around 3 chunks of seed potato in each basket. of the new growth shows through, then let the plants grow another 4 to 6 inches. You only have a balcony? You bet you can. I’m a little late in the game, but found just 2 lbs of seed potatoes for sale online at a not so bad price, and thought I’d try a container of them. ~ karen. Thanks! We’re in the same zone as you, so we’d be planting at the beginning of May. I did a number of years ago by just dumping potatoes that had gone, into the garden and in the fall had quite the haul of wee taters. The corner of the straw can be lifted carefully and one can see how the potatoes are developing. Thelba then explained to the fella They’re for crops. Potatoes grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3a to 11b. Why are there straw bundles in our backyard (that a cute little Mallard Duck has laid 10 eggs in!)? Speaking of potatoes, the only thing in my mixed planters that didn’t do well were my ornamental potato vines. They actually had to staple on an extra sheet of paper to list it all. If you want to grow potatoes in straw, there are proper, old-fashioned ways to do it. That’s it! 3. Hi Nancy! In baskets with straw and straight in the soil/trenches. You can apply the same principle (“straw hilling”) when growing potatoes in a straw bale. Written by Karen. Thelba said “You aren’t plannin’ on eatin’ them potatoes are ya? Once you get your seed potatoes, you need to cut them. I’m kindda glad I did. Here’s how to plant potatoes in a garbage can: Use a drill with a large bit to add drainage holes to the bottom of your clean garbage can. Janey – I’m not sure what ad you’re talking about. It would appear as though you’ve been proven wrong. To grow potatoes in straw, prepare your seed potatoes by cutting smaller pieces with eyes to plant. They are a mistake of nature. ~ karen! Should I be concerned? If you look at this website (I just did a quick Google search) you can locate your home and climate zone. I can’t wait to see how many potatoes I get with them! I don’t think I could go anywhere w/o my purse. Please let us know what method trumped the others. There is only one blue food, blueberries. Most vegetables need an immense amount of natural sunlight to gather the energy they need to produce fruit (vegetables). It got so wet the plants just rotted from too much moisture. I always thought I would try this but I never have. I have a friend who likes to take blue potato potato salad to any summer BBQs or potlucks- just to get a reaction! Most plots are priced VERY reasonably. Was every building in town required to house several businesses? So…we’ll see. I planted on St. Patricks day and they are doing great! Thank you! Fries, mashed, scalloped and boiled. Layer the potatoes and line the bag with straw. Seed potatoes. Hi Jan! The potatoes in baskets of straw did poorly. ~ karen! You’ll just have to figure out how to get that dill pickle flavor in there. Growing potatoes in a container. Yes, of course, but would I? Getting back on topic….will you do a tutorial on how to plate blue mashed potatoes attractively? And even then I don’t think it would work. On his last walkabout a few years ago the fella headed to Saskatchewan where he lived for 6 months, flying home every 16 days. Nikki – Chips like french fries? They’re fine. I have pics if he doesn’t believe me… :-). Just please don’t tell me I have to start over, I’m already way behind. Let the debates begin. The animals are quite lucky actually. I’m very resourceful at making crafts, I can do it all day long, but I wouldn’t want to have to grow my own food. They did the best they could but finally gave in to hystericl laughter when they got to the purse size fly swatter. The advice we got was to just plunk those suckers right down on the ground and cover them with the straw. Front Yard Vegetable Garden! For people with very small gardens or just a patio or porch, growing potatoes in containers can be interesting and productive. It does sound really cool though. I plan to test all the potato planting methods this year. deep. You wanna plant potatoes but you don’t have any room? Would take very few potatoe seeds to make enough for us. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! I’m here after the jump from your best of post on 6/5. Be sure to point the eyes outward as the plants will be growing out the side of the tower. Though the bales I got from an amused farmer are a year old, they’re still pretty perky and not wet or rotty at all. The first thing you have to do is get yourself seed potatoes. Each piece should have at least two sprouts. I’m doing another experiment with straw this year. So I didn’t. If you’re curious about growing fun things like potatoes, it’s something I think might be worth your while to look into. The instructions were to simply fill the bags with container soil; the bags were supposed to be easy to move around. Smaller plots are even less expensive. What are the 3 True Chips? I have full sun at the side of my home…faces south. I’m so glad you’re growing your own food. 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