Growing potatoes in containers

northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)April 24, 2012

Hello everyone: A couple of years ago I planted potatoes in a container. It was on old plastic pail, punched a few holes in the bottom, added some good soil planted the seed potatoes. As the plants grew I added soil until the pail was filled and I had a pretty good crop of potatoes. The reason for the pail was because I have limited and varied amounts of sun in my yard. The pail made my container portable, and I could move it around the yard to maximize the full sun requirement. I have just found instructions for growing potatoes in totes (practically the same idea) but they suggest filling the bag with mulch (they suggested chipped leaves, straw, etc) instead of soil, as the plants grow. This would help me because a large pail of soil gets pretty heavy, and I have lots of chipped leaves from my trees. Has anyone tried 'hilling' with mulch instead of soil? Will it really produce potatoes? Thank you in advance.

Northerner.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Yes hilling with mulch after the first soil hilling is a pretty standard practice for both container and in-ground potatoes. Straw is the most commonly recommended mulch. Chipped leaves can work but also have a tendency to mat down when wet.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 8:54AM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

Thank you both, I think I'll use a mixture of soil and chipped leaves which I already have. Now I'm set to go.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 4:14AM
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