Growing Potatoes in a Trash Can

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View this video of a great gardening container for growing potatoes—and experience the fun of trash can gardening with Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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Should the drainage holes be

By Marybc

Should the drainage holes be just at the bottom or all the way around and up the sides of the can?

Hi Mary, You can drill a

By Almanac Staff

Hi Mary, You can drill a couple holes in the sides as well but stick to the bottom six inches or so of the barrel. Whatever you do, don't skip making the holes--drainage is necessary so your potatoes won't rot!

Do you plant more potatoes

By Susan Okray

Do you plant more potatoes every 7 inches when you add the next soil?

No, the original plants will

By Tina Beshears

No, the original plants will continue to grow taller and produce potatoes all the way down their root systems. One good sized seed potato quartered will be all you need to grow a whole trash can full of potatoes.

Have grown potatoes in large

By bernice2

Have grown potatoes in large plantar for couple years. Last year had 46 potatoes in one pot. Will try the trash can this year.

do you continually get

By staci

do you continually get potatoes or get them all at once? does same plant cont. to produce?

I live in Oklahoma and for

By Sharon Mcanespy

I live in Oklahoma and for the first time, my husband and I are going to try growing potatoes in a trashcan.I love this video and it sure looks easy.

Will the entire container be

By Mary Carter

Will the entire container be filled with potatoes, from top to bottom? I live in the Houston Texas area. Is the planting and harvest time the same?

Janice, Great Video on

By Diana Gricus

Janice, Great Video on growing potatoes in a Trash Can. How moist should the soil be or how often should they be watered? I live in Western North Carolina. Thank you.

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