Hi Andrea – I’m not sure what you mean. SO! I’m sure we would all enjoy seeing pictures and comments on your experimentation. Oh my word……”holy shit….Mr. Because I’m nothing if not accommodating. Did you call them a stupid son of a bitch? ;) ~ karen. We do ours in a pile of old mulch hay. One of these ninja-style projects was leaving me very confuzzled. ), cover them with more straw until only an inch (2.5 cm.) We’re in the same zone as you, so we’d be planting at the beginning of May. Janey – I’m not sure what ad you’re talking about. But hey, they’re are no guarantees in gardening and you I don’t see that you offered any, so caveat emptor, I say. So I dug a nice deep hole planted them then intended to come back and hill them up or whatever. The corner of the straw can be lifted carefully and one can see how the potatoes are developing. I drilled some holes in the bottoms, and along the bottom third on the sides. Seed potatoes. Here’s hoping I get results. I’ll let you know how it goes! I LOVE them. Many, many towns and cities have community gardens that you can rent a plot at. Make some holes in the bag for adequate drainage and fill the bag with compost. They’re usually pretty vigorous. I can never find an answer that I understand. Just say’n. All of the ads should have a little “X” in the upper right hand corner that allows you to close them. They are fine. I *did* manage to get an update written about those. Cut large seed potatoes into chunks about 2\" wide. I don’t understand it. ~ karen. Speaking of potatoes, the only thing in my mixed planters that didn’t do well were my ornamental potato vines. In addition to my front yard vegetable garden I also have a 20 x 40 foot community garden plot and it only costs $50 to rent for the entire year. It was probably early March and I had it in my glassed in porch where I wintered over the pots for my front porch but they all rotted. About a week before planting, place seed potatoes in a warm spot. Great post! You might be asking yourself, “How do I grow potatoes in straw?” First, you start by picking a garden area that gets full sunlight. Then push the soil back over them, so they’re halfways down in the dirt. I drive my butt to the grocery store or better yet, to a restaurant where someone else has done all the work. If the potato is small, just leave it without cutting it. Push your seed potatoes (I’m going with 3 of them in the basket) half way into the soil. Start with a layer of 3” to 4” of good potting soil in the bottom of the container mixed with a couple handfuls of an organic starter fertilizer. I’ll plan ahead next year & shop around. Thanks for the ‘sneak peek’ of your front yard vegetable garden :), Our city has a composting fair in the fall and they give out these big black compost fence deals. After a week … they’ll look all grody. They range from 1 – 7. Earth up potatoes as they grow to increase the harvest Space your seed potatoes, sprouts uppermost, evenly throughout the container. I’m very resourceful at making crafts, I can do it all day long, but I wouldn’t want to have to grow my own food. I am doing container potatoes as well, and as usual, I see new ways from you AND, more importantly, the fact that you are running experiments during your growing season to find the BEST way to do it. I am trying this for the first time this year. *sigh* And then I dressed up as a goth punk for hallowe’en, complete with fake facial piercings and wearable handcuffs… yes, I was banished. Everyday, I thank God for people who love to grow things for me to eat. Climate Zones are the same in the US and Canada. And I’m going to use soil only in the 5th container, which I planted later than the others. You should make fancy chips with your Russian Blue potatoes! If you weren’t looking for ad feedback, sorry!!!! I am using pallet box method for planting my potatoes this year. You better try that one too! Good idea on both counts. The bags didn't stand up too well, the straw was a mess to try filling in the bags and didn't really help with any layering- all I ended up with were a few taters at the bottom of the bag, and a lot of straw on top. As your potatoes grow, make sure to add more straw to keep them fully covered. Karen I just came across this post again & I wondered how your potatoes did this year & what the results of the different growing environments were? Every area has a different growing cycle. (Roll down sides of container if desired). Traci – I haven’t had trouble with squirrels yet, but if I did, I’d just put chicken wire or hardware cloth over the basket. Glad you found me and sorry I took up 2 hours of your day, LOL. Our family especially likes them grilled with garlic and rosemary. I’m going to give it one last shot this year because I refuse to be defeated by potatoes. Please let us know what method trumped the others. I think you’re fine. I’ve already potted them up! Do not eat them. Fries, mashed, scalloped and boiled. I’m not sure what he based his decision on but if he pitches hissy fits we would not have worked out. I never got to planting potatoes this year because the shipping charges made it crazy expensive. Be sure to point the eyes outward as the plants will be growing out the side of the tower. :) ~ karen. Front Yard Vegetable Garden! Place your potatoes on the newspaper. Or chips like potato chips. If you buy a bale of straw ($4) it’ll do for many baskets of potatoes. You can plant potatoes in half bushel baskets, with 6″ of dirt and a bunch of straw. Unfortunately, my bags rotted through from the moisture. The ones in the ground with the top dressing of straw did great. Sorry. How can you not have baked potato with a nice grilled (sorry..BBQed) t-bone steak?? Why would anybody want to eat blue potatoes? Clearly I’ve ruined what would have been a great surprise. On his last walkabout a few years ago the fella headed to Saskatchewan where he lived for 6 months, flying home every 16 days. Making me laugh and teaching me stuff — two of my favorite things! And my sweet potatoes did even better! Growing sweet potato bought from shop. Let them grow until there’s about 6″ – 8″  of growth sticking up. If you just have a balcony stick them out there. Thank you! You rock! The US climate zone numbers seem much easier. Depending on the size of the potato, you’ll cut them into half or even 3 or 4 times. It just needs to get a bit wet/mushy. You can apply the same principle (“straw hilling”) when growing potatoes in a straw bale. Place them on top of the soil and cover with a thick layer of straw, ensuring that every potato is covered. I’ll have to tell you all about my short life of crime another time but just let it be said it does not pay to call a police officer a stupid son of a bitch when he tells you a mentally retarded adult doesn’t need anyone to tell her what she can do when she has loaded her wheel chair into a semi at a truck stop when she has known the guy for only a few minutes. Growing potatoes in straw is a wonderful, old-fashioned way of growing potatoes. OH! Should I wipe this off, or give them a hair cut or what? You said grody, you mentioned nothing about moldy. And I’m finding it difficult to even pack the straw down at all. After a week or two, you’ll see the potato plants starting to grow out, above the soil. ~ karen. lol I’m also growing Yukon Golds and the most perfect potato ever made, The Kennebec. How far in advance can you buy seed potatoes? There is only one blue food, blueberries. Where do you get your straw? Because I don’t think I could plan that far ahead…, Alice – It doesn’t take long. They also said that it would keep them really blemish free because they would not have any rocks or pebbles or anything in the “soil” to fight with while growing. Some people say 2 days others say a week. That’s just not right!! Guess it’s another experimental season. My husband’s birthday is in March, and I’m considering buying him potatoes (they were his favourite thing to grow in our first-time vegetable garden last year). I watched a video on youtube and thought ok I can do that. It got so wet the plants just rotted from too much moisture. When you grow potatoes in straw, you’ll see the sprouts quickly. I’m potato geeking out over these. No problem. You bet you can. Them there are seed potatoes fella.”  To which the fella replied, Yeah, yeah. Here’s one of the simplest methods for growing potatoes in a container – a large, heavy-duty trash bag. Come to think of it … who cares. Of course, this means that during the course of the winter you have to strategically let some potatoes and cucumbers go bad…. Karen, I’m pretty sure you wrote one, but I can’t seem to locate it. I discovered your website when I looking for chicken coop ideas. As the shoots grow continue to add further layers of potting medium until you reach within a whisker of the rim of the container. It does sound really cool though. Make sure to face the eyes upward. Then it’s time to “hill” them. How to Hand Pollinate Your Squash & Zucchini! I am so excited for potatoes! As the plant grows, additional soil is heaped around the plant at regular intervals until the container is filled. I can’t wait to see how many potatoes I get with them! Sherry – I *have* made microwave potato chips. After you plant the seed pieces, put loose straw over the pieces and between all the rows at least 4-6 inches (10-15 cm.) Woot! Planting potatoes in straw is an excellent method for growing potatoes in any garden. I even took it to jail with me. My only complaint is you can only make a handful at a time. This potato bed is built over top of construction fill, consisting of bricks, stones and old broken concrete. They’re long, small fingerling potatoes with a pink swirl inside. So funny – We’re doing almost this exact thing but on a larger scale. The cuts need to scab over so they don’t rot or get bacteria/disease in them when you plant them. You can get them this time of year at garden centres, seed stores and sometimes even hardware stores carry them. I found benefits to both. Just bought a tomato cage today that I’ll line with newspaper and keep the straw going. And yes. Follow the directions from your particular growing areas when you want to know when to plant potatoes in straw. City” had me laughing immediately. Use large containers: The larger your container, the more room your plants have to stretch out their roots and form tubers.Consider the following: Large Pots: Large pots and planters are ideal for growing potatoes. Regardless, if I get rid of the ads, I have to get rid of the site, so the ads stay. What are the 3 True Chips? Into a restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. They dug up my sunflower seeds in no time flat! Copyright © 2020 The Art of Doing Stuff. Apparently carrying a purse, or anything other than a hoof pick, would have immediately pegged me as an outsider. I’m so glad the fella decided to pass on my kind offer to leave you for a Sr citizen who is too tired for sex. You can put around 3 chunks of seed potato in each basket. Well at least it may have gotten you some new readers, albeit possible disgruntled readers. Around $4 a bale. Keep the straw moist, but not wet, and routinely check for weeds. At my house you have to be able to take care of yourself. Just for fun, I’m also growing a batch of Russian Blue potatoes. I’m sure I have asked this before but I cannot find the answer (but it has been fun scrolling through your old posts). When first planted, the seed potatoes are just barely covered with soil. Only the top set of leaves should be showing when you’re done. Using straw has a couple of huge benefits: the container remains light and easy to move around, and it’s easy to harvest early potatoes without disturbing the plant and the rest of the tubers. Nope. Let the debates begin. You’re right, I didn’t get a chance to update how to potatoes in straw went. This means that he creeps into our yard under the cover of darkness and looks after our gardening! ?? How cool! Cover your potatoes with straw. Potatoes prefer slightly acidic soil. Ah ha, that’s what those baskets were for!! Cover the seed potatoes with an additional 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) of soil. Whatever. The straw which has acted as mulch for your plants will also serve as compost for your soil as they decay. My guy and I are getting married this summer, so one of our very wonderful friends is doing our gardening, ninja-style. Looking forward to seeing how well it goes! I am a Southern Ontario transplant to Southern California and it was just so refreshing to read your blog. You can either do this with more container soil and compost OR you can use partially decomposed straw. None blue.Blue potatoes are not a food. I’m afraid you wouldn’t have very much luck growing potatoes indoors unless you also installed a HUGE amount of grow lights. Granted, I was not her legal guardian but that person had left me in charge while they were on their honeymoon in Aruba. Potato is placed in water to root, them slips will start to grow,cut these slips and place in water to root, then plant the rooted slips into ground. Here’s how to plant potatoes in a garbage can: Use a drill with a large bit to add drainage holes to the bottom of your clean garbage can. I ended up with a big old pot of compost. Find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. Harvest your potatoes by gently pulling the plants from the hay. (giggle). You don’t have to cultivate around the potatoes when growing potatoes in straw. One Month Update. Should I be concerned? I displayed them inside for a bit. I had half a bag of tiny gold potatoes left and they had all sprouted nicely so I put them in potting soil in a really big pot. How do I know what my climate zone in Canada is? I used an old metal trash can that had a rusted out bottom and a heavy leaf bag. So make sure you cut them several days before you plan to plant them. They’re one of the varieties with the blue, almost black skin. Karen Bertelsen. If you look at this website (I just did a quick Google search) you can locate your home and climate zone. In university I took a three week class in East End Saskatchewan. So I didn’t. If you have a yard that only gets sun on one side in the morning and sun on the other side in the afternoon, these containers are light enough you can just move them throughout the day. It would have been “embarrassing”. This is my first foray into potato gardening so I will be anxiously awaiting your results! It is especially good for any situation where you are unable to dig the ground up to plant potatoes, like this garden, featured in the slideshow. With some nice mashed potatoes. To grow a potato plant in straw, be sure the seed pieces and rows are spaced the same way they would be if you were to cultivate your potatoes the conventional way. The first thing you have to do is get yourself seed potatoes. Smaller plots are even less expensive. While the potatoes are actually edible, the general consensus seems to be that they taste terrible. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Then begin filling your potato tower with a foot of soil. ~ karen! http://www.bamboobotanicals.ca/bamboo-care/light-temperature-for-bamboo.html ~ karen! I’ll leave it up to you. The beauty of growing potatoes under a straw mat is that the guesswork is taken out of the growing, and harvesting becomes considerably easier. Potatoes are fine to plant in cool weather so if you’re in Southern Ontario or a similar Zone 5/6 climate … now’s the time to plant potatoes! I’m a little late in the game, but found just 2 lbs of seed potatoes for sale online at a not so bad price, and thought I’d try a container of them. They actually had to staple on an extra sheet of paper to list it all. But it just goes to show you never have too many emergency supplies with you. One of the varieties I’m growing are French Fingerlings. ~ karen! How do you keep squirrels out? ~ karen! I seem to have a lot of those. Okay that’s a lie, 2 years ago I got three the size of a loonie. I like the straw in a bushel basket idea…I’m curious to see how that works out as well! Like most vegetables, they need 6-8 hours of sun a day. I don’t remember to water them either. we used to go up when they were harvesting and follow the tractor and pick up all the mini podadas and boil them up, slather them with butter salt and pepper and dig in.now we pay a fortune for mini potatoes..go figure.i love podadas! Plant seed potatoes into this mix, burying about … ~ k! Homefries, but only for breakfast. Not pretty but effective. I’ve searched but can’t find the follow up to this post. The deli gets frosting in them, and give them away just for the asking. Planting potatoes in straw, for instance, makes for easy harvesting when they are ready, and you won’t have to dig into the hard ground to get them. Hi new to this idea and was wondering would it be possible to grow these inside. Hoping this works well. They sprout there like CRAZY. To grow potatoes in straw, prepare your seed potatoes by cutting smaller pieces with eyes to plant. I’ve found the best way to plant the potatoes is really to just plant them in the ground, but the container planting is 10X more convenient when it comes time to harvest them. I can’t seem to find it here, but I thought you mentioned how many pounds of seed potatoes to get, and how many potatoes they could potentially produce?? Will 2 lbs of seed potatoes be enough? Oh,my! Take care, Cathy, I put my blue potatoes into a mesh-wire bedroom waste basket, lined with black garden fabric. Isn’t it bizarre that they even get brown and crispy? Thanks Trudi! We have a bucket planted, using soil/straw and they are cresting over the top. If there isn’t much rain, be sure to water the plants regularly. Yes, of course, but would I? Follow the directions from your particular growing areas, Covering Potato Plants: How To Hill Up Potato Plants, Straw Mulch In Gardens: Tips For Using Straw As Mulch For Vegetables, Potato Tower Instructions – Tips On Building A Potato Tower, Animal Footprint Molds: Making Animal Track Casts With Kids, Growing Challenge In Winter: Finding Winter Garden Motivation, Great Lakes In Winter – Gardening Around The Great Lakes Region, Hanging Succulent Plants – Different Types Of Hanging Cactus And Succulents, Landscaping With Vegetables: Mixing Flowers And Vegetables, A Three Sisters Garden – Beans, Corn & Squash, Winter Planning Process – Make To-Do Lists Happen, Fake Tree For The Holidays And Why I Love it, What Is The Winter Solstice: First Day Of Winter History, Fresh-Cut Pine Tree Smell: Perfect Christmas Tree Memories. To hill potatoes just fill in around all the stems and lower leaves of the potatoes with your soil or straw. I like your contained/organized looking version…. New potatoes can be harvested easily even before the potato vines mature completely. I’m thinking of making meatloaf for dinner tonight. I packed the straw in really tight to make sure it would hold enough water. So he grabbed a few potatoes and took them up to the cash. I did a number of years ago by just dumping potatoes that had gone, into the garden and in the fall had quite the haul of wee taters. Thanks! I used half compost and half CONTAINER SOIL. They were those pretty chartruse ones and I would have thought they would have done great like everything else did. I always thought I would try this but I never have. I am a seasoned gardener and I didn’t even realize that I had to let them”heal” after the cut. They’re fine. I went to visit him once and he wouldn’t let me carry my purse to the town restaurant/bar/variety store/video rental place. I never did. Other than having far more nutrients because you’re eating it the moment you pick it, it’s just plain fun to be able to go outside to your produce section and decide what to have for dinner. 6 Water the newly planted potatoes and keep the soil moist. I have pics if he doesn’t believe me… :-). Planting potatoes in straw is a great way to grow potatoes because the straw helps keep the soil about 10 degrees warmer than it would be if it were exposed. ~ karen. Growing potatoes in a container. What does the fella’s dad have to say about the chips/fries/crisps debate? Howevever, I want to know EXACTLY what kind of potato I’m growing so I bought a variety of interesting certified seed potatoes. Keep repeating this procedure for two or three more cycles. Thanks!! You should leave them to grow and monitor their progress. Hi Jan! Floating ads? Have you seen the one on Pinterest “How to Grow 110lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet?” I blogged about it here http://www.herballisticgarden.com/2/post/2012/05/grow-110lbs-of-potatoes-we-shall-see.html. Why are there straw bundles in our backyard (that a cute little Mallard Duck has laid 10 eggs in!)? You only have a balcony? You want to make sure each chunk of potato has at least 2 eyes. Each chunk should give you around 5 potatoes. Give them a good water and leave them. Luckily, I didn’t add the straw until after we had a week-long deluge. Once they have grown 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm. I’m pretty excited! The instructions were to simply fill the bags with container soil; the bags were supposed to be easy to move around. They are a mistake of nature. http://www.bamboobotanicals.ca/bamboo-care/light-temperature-for-bamboo.html, http://www.herballisticgarden.com/2/post/2012/05/grow-110lbs-of-potatoes-we-shall-see.html. I didn’t think we had room for potatoes but we do with this method! (Oh, and this was one funny post! How did the taters do? That’s it! Nikki – Chips like french fries? Irish potatoes can be grown on a small scale in various kinds of containers, in any area that gets at least six or eight hours of direct sunshine. As luck would have it, I happen to be out of potatoes, so I’ll have to run to the store to get some. What is it about Kennebecs that make them your favourite? However, the seed pieces are only planted on the surface of the soil when planting potatoes in straw. THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2020. I had more luck using five gallon buckets acquired for free from the local Walmart. POTATOES! The tire becomes a container for both garden soil and compost. Now’s the fun part. =) Love your fresh n funny sense of humor – you have a great writing style that engages me! Just pull out any weeds you run across if they appear. I would love to try this for my daughter and me. The potatoes in baskets of straw did poorly. 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