This year was the first time we have ever tried to grow our own potatoes. By “we” I really mean Adam. This was his project 😀
Adam had seen this article pop up on Lifehacker talking about ideas of what to do with five gallon buckets which he then saved to his RSS reader. He decided to watch the video and thought to himself, “That looks really easy. I can do that.” Originally, Adam had thought about using an old kitty litter container but I was not down with that idea at all! I don’t exactly want dirt filled yellow litter containers in my backyard… Thank goodness my good friend Lelia Marie had used a whiskey barrel from Home Depot and blogged about it so I suggested that idea to Adam and he said that it would work as well.
Conveniently, we had some left over potatoes which were a bit wrinkly and were sprouting so he decided to put about six potatoes in the barrel – just in case the experiment didn’t turn out. Adam was extremely excited to see the first little green stem pop up from the dirt. Following along with the video, as the little stems started coming up, he would continue to cover them with dirt. He repeated this process for many months.
Finally in October, the leaves and stems officially died, like really died. He waited a couple of weeks afterwards to allow the skins of the potatoes to harden. Then we harvested them together. It was a lot of fun to see how many little potatoes had grown from 6 wrinkled potatoes 😀
Next year we plan to start in early to mid march and we plan to use more than 6 potatoes. I believe we used Russet Potatoes but I think any variety of potato would work 😀
Below is my cat, Leela 🙂 She joined in the fun!