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June 17, 2012

i am growing potatoes in laundry baskets.  it’s a project my mother and i started together.  she had heard about the laundry basket idea from an urban homesteading class she attended.  laundry baskets are nice because they are easily sourced at the dollar store.  however, they don’t look super professional… not that i’m a professional anything any way… but still.  the neighbors are kind enough to put up with my eccentricities.

among the varieties i am growing are kennebec, yukon gold and desiree.  i branched out and started them in a giant burlap coffee sack too and a smart pot container meant for tomatoes and melons.  you can find containers like these at city folk’s farm shop.

so far, of all the containers, i like the burlap bag the best.  50 cents.  you can’t beat that.  and there’s so much room for tuber development. so, $13 on the smart pot?  $2 or so on the laundry basket?  or 50 cents on a burlap bag?  you decide.

potatoes surprise me.  they grow so fast, which is satisfying as a gardener.  a few of the earlier plants are on their way to flowering.  this is good as the tubers will soon begin to develop in earnest, and i will soon be eating potatoes for dinner!

when i harvest, i will photograph.

see? so little… and then BOOM! growth explosion!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Angela Painter permalink
    June 23, 2012 11:22 am

    What a great idea. I may try that next year with sweet potatoes. Owen loves sweet potatoes!

    • lolocreatives permalink*
      June 23, 2012 10:12 pm

      i believe those are more vine-y… but i’d have to research. they sell them in the spring with the other tubers and bulks – onion sets, and seed potatoes. a good garden center will have them readily available.

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