How to Grow Potatoes in Containers
Freshly dug potatoes are nothing like those bought from the store. Unfortunately, the only way that you can get to experience them is by growing the potatoes at your home and to experience the tasty potatoes fresh from the garden. Growing potatoes in containers comes with several advantages. Protecting the potatoes from critters, which really love them, is much easier when they are in the containers. In addition, the last thing you will need to worry about is weeds since the containers are able to ensure that the weeds do not attack your crops. And in any case, this can be quite a fun project to undertake at home together with your kids.
Whether you are growing your potatoes in containers, pots or bags, the advice is the same. First, you will need to put about 7 inches of the best quality compost manure in your containers. Multipurpose compost is a great alternative that can be used as well. For best results, it is essential that you consider mix your compost with well rotted homemade compost/ farmyard manure and/ or sharp sand. The mixture should be 50/50. The benefit of ensuring your mix contains organic material is that it becomes much easier to water your potatoes throughout the whole season. The good thing with the organic material is that they contain highly valuable plant food that can boost the growth of your crop. Chicken manure pellets also works great too.
When it comes to growing potatoes in containers, there are those who advocate that you grow first earliest or evenearliest. But still, if you have a relatively large container, you can still use main crop potatoes as well and will do perfectly well. Once you are done with the preparations, place your chatted seed potatoes over the compost and this will depend on your containers’ surface area. According to experts, 1 tuber should be placed for every inch while 3 tubers will work perfectly well in the 18 inch container.