Love potatoes? Who doesn’t? Well, if you are looking to grow your own but don’t have the space at home, then you may want to consider the next best thing, growing potatoes in buckets. Yes, believe it or not, you can grow potatoes in a plastic or metal bucket. In fact, you can grow lots of it depending on the size of your bucket. For instance, if you have a 20 gallon plastic bucket, you can probably grow and produce about 20 pounds of quality potatoes. Not bad, huh? Here are some steps to do it.
- Prep the bucket. A regular plastic bucket that you normally use for a trash can will be a great container to use for growing potatoes. However, since the bucket has no drainage system whatsoever, you will have to create it yourself. To do that, simple create holes underneath the bucket. About 5 holes should do, one at the center and 4 at the corners.
- Prep the potatoes. Technically, you will need potatoes with the 3 eyes still on it. If you are dealing with large potatoes, make sure to reduce them in halves, or even quarters if they are just too big. If you are dealing with smaller potatoes, then leave them be. Do not peel them.
- Potting. With the bucket prepped and ready, pour in a thin layer of gravel into the bucket. This will ensure that the soil or whatever potting medium you go with will not escape the bucket. Once that is done, pour in your potting medium, about four to six inches full will do. The medium can be simple soil mixed with compost. You may use a potting medium consisting of a mixture of wood chips, peat moss, perlite, or compost as well. Make sure that the medium is not tightly packed and should be loose for proper aeration. Once the medium is in, water it down to make it moist. At this point, your bucket should be located at its primary resting place where sunshine will directly hit it for about 6 to 8 hours a day.
- Planting. Now that the medium is damp, throw in around 3 pieces of potatoes into the bucket. Press it firmly into the medium with the eyes facing upward. When that is done, pour in another 2 inches of potting medium into the bucket. This will cover the potatoes completely. Water the top a little bit and leave it.
- Adding more medium. Make sure to keep the potting medium inside the bucket as moist as possible. Once you see some plants sprouting up, pour in another layer of medium in order to bury it completely. When you see something sticking out again, repeat the process. Keep repeating until the bucket is completely full. Once the last sprouts turn brown, that will mean that your potatoes will be ready for harvesting.
There you go, the easy way of growing potatoes in a bucket. Once you harvest the potatoes, leave about 3 of them for replanting. Repeat the same process and enjoy a continuous yield of potatoes.