Diy: How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

Diy: How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel
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There is nothing quite so satisfying as reaping the rewards of your garden - everything tastes better, fresher, and you just know the nutritional content is at its peak.  Urban gardening is becoming more and more common here on the island and throughout BC.  Here is an easy way to grow one of the most common culinary staples: potatoes.  

You will need:

  • Plastic Barrel or Metal Oil Drum (cleaned)
  • Some Bricks
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Soil
  • Seed Potatoes

You can usually find plastic barrels free or cheap online. You can also pick them up from U-Brew stores.

Instructions:

1. Using the jigsaw, cut off the top of the barrel.

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2. Flip the barrel around and drill drainage holes in the bottom. (You can see I enlisted some help here from my son)

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3. Setup the bricks and sit the barrel up on it so that it is level. You don’t want it falling over once it’s full of soil.

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4. Fill the first 1/4 of the barrel with soil. Then plant the seed potatoes a couple of inches into the soil so that they are covered. I put 6 in per barrel. Water and let them grow!

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5. Once the plant grows, keep filling it up with soil till the barrel is full. The more you cover over the plant, the more the plant grows. The more the plant grows, the more Potatoes you get!

6. Once the plant dies back, the potatoes are ready. Tip the barrel over onto a tarp and reap your rewards.

article courtesy of Sustainable and Frugal

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