Gardening Update: Growing Potatoes in Upcycled Garbage Cans

For so many of our families, we love potatoes.  Potatoes are so versatile and can be prepared with almost any dish.  Although we do not eat potatoes daily, we do eat 2-3 pounds most weeks.  Even though potatoes are loaded with carbohydrates, they are also loaded with vitamin-C, potassium and vitamin-B6.  We enjoy eating garlic mashed potatoes, steamed potatoes, creamy potatoes, and oven fries, well almost any way.

So after reading my article about planting potatoes in garbage cans, did you get the urge to try?  If you did, how are they doing?  Mine are doing great!

Here is a peak into the cans today.   They each have three to four healthy plants.  My garbage cans are placed in full sun and one is black and the other is green.

The green one above is cracked but I figured it would be fine and just provide more drainage.  So far all the soil has remained and since I will be filling it with hay instead of soil I think it will do just fine. The plants are large enough that we added our first layer of hay!

I left the top 2-3 inches peaking through and then loosing piled hay all around the plants.  Since I will not be adding any more soil, the hay will be what the potatoes will grow in.  It also helps to retain the moisture in the soil.

We watered them well and the kids were more than eager to help add the hay!   I am so excited to see what type of yield this produces.

While we were at it, I let the kids add hay to the potatoes in our raised beds also.  They covered almost every plant.  I will have to uncover most of them, but the kids were so proud of their job well done that I will do it later tonight.

If you haven’t already, why not give growing potatoes in a garbage can a try!  What is your family growing this year?  I would love for you to share how your garden is coming along.

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