29 Dec '11, 7pm

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel

I attempted this and failed miserably. Not to say that it doesn’t work, as many say that it does. But I will list my process for all to see, to learn from, and hopefully some will critique me. I would love to make it work. I cut a 55 gallon plastic drum into three large rings. The bottom ring is actually what was the top of the barrel. I left the top on, but removed both the 2.5″ caps to provide large drain holes. I filled about 6″ with dirt, laid my spuds, and then another few inches. They sprouted very well, and grew quickly. I added in dirt, and when I reached the top of the first ring, I put in some pegs and added the second ring, and continued the fill/grow process. The rings were not sealed together, so I suppose this added additional drainage. Initially I had about 11 sprouts, but as the plants grew up, some fell out of the race, and by the end I think I was down to...

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