Gardening Container Video: Garden Growing Potatoes | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Growing Potatoes in a Trash Can

Tradition holds that potatoes should be planted near St. Patrick’s Day for a successful harvest. Experience the fun of trash can gardening with Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

There’s some truth to the old wives’ tale about planting potatoes on St. Patrick’s. It’s not necessarily about the exact date of March 17, but in the fact that planting in March will result in higher yields!

To learn how to plant and grow potatoes, see our free Potato Guide.


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Crystal (not verified)

4 years 6 months ago

I'm growing potatoes in pots this year. Can I use the soil from the pot's into my ground garden, without compromising next years garden? Thank you for your time. Crystal

The Editors

4 years 6 months ago

In reply to by Crystal (not verified)

You can turn your container’s potato soil into your ground garden but try to plant with crop rotation in mind. See here (from the company that produces our Gardening Planning app) https://www.growveg.com/guides/crop-rotation-for-growing-vegetables/

betty coy (not verified)

4 years 9 months ago

hi i am planning on trying some vegetables this year. i have found that fabric pots i purchased from amazon seem to take care of many concerns. they come in small, say 10", to much larger 20 something. maybe larger. they are tub shaped and have handles, in case you wish to move them for cleaning or mowing the area. i wish i had these for the arborvitaes i used in half barrels at some feral cat stations as camouflage, as the barrels only last a year or two.

Chrissie (not verified)

5 years 2 months ago

I love gardening, but I'm really bad at it! I found a potato at the back of the fridge, and it was growing. I am currently in Economy Mode, where I try not to waste anything, so I stuck my spud into my patio tub outside and watered it. This was 2 weeks ago - mid August 2017, and ... EEK! It's actually growing! I had no thought processes about this. No soil preparation or anything I just stuck it into the tub, I don't even know if it was looking up or not. And it's growing! Sometimes, things are just meant to grow, in spite of me. Thank goodness. I'm watering it regularly, even though the rain is persisting down. It's summer here in Blighty! Of course it is. And my potato is growing!!! Woo hoo!! Wouldn't it be funny peculiar, and funny ha-ha, if I actually had potatoes on the end of this plant?

dear Chrissie
Thanks for the funpotatostory !
i hope meanwhile you had some of a harvest from it ?
i personally , am still searching to start with a square meter vegetable garden {;og
and , case you 're interested , take a look at my reply on mushroom-in-the-lawn .
And , i wonder if it 's possible to correspond with an almanac-follower (or how do you call us) in the private e-mail ?
General question , actually ..