Have sunny outdoor spot big enough for a 55 gal drum? Then you can harvest your own tender, garden fresh potatoes this summer.-but you need to get started soon. Keep reading to find out how to set up your low-maintenance potato barrel and get a crop of savory spuds a-sprouting!
Put holes 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size on the bottom and sides. Give it a lift by placing on bricks or blocks so air can circulate. Add 6 inches of soil mix, 3 parts compost to 2 parts peat moss. dampen the soil not soggy. put your seedling potatoes 2 inches apart. keep moist not soggy. In about a week you should have sprouts cover up to the first leaves. let them grow and then add soil again keep doing so until you get to top of barrel. When the plants turn yellow and black your potatoes are ready. Dump out the barrel and pick up your potatoes!!!!!
55 gallon plastic and metal barrels available at Crescent Work & Outdoor.
801 8th St. Modesto, Ca. 95354