Keep an “eye” on this one!  This clever idea from mikesworld.org works like a charm.  Mike has created this step-by-step printable that shows how to grow any variety of potato in a clean garbage can.  This is a savvy way to grow potatoes if you have limited space for a garden, or poor red-dirt soil like I do.  My potatoes are starting to take off.  It is amazing how fast they grow once the vines emerge.  They are different every day, which makes this a really fun activity for kids.  I used red seed potatoes and “Filthy Rich Potting Soil,”  both available from Star Nursery in St. George, Utah.  It took me about 15 minutes to prepare and plant two garbage cans.  The vines broke through the surface about 10-14 days later.  Here is Mike’s instruction sheet:  trash_can_potatoes1

I have also posted Mike’s instructions under my Food Storage Printables tab.

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2 Comments to “Grow Potatoes in a Garbage Can”

  1. Thank you for this. I will have to pass it along to my DH. We are doing potatoes this year for the first time.

    Debbie

  2. Tammy says:

    Yeah, so mine are dead now because I was trying the “grow them in straw” method…not a good idea. (tammysgarden.blogspot.com)

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