How to grow and harvest potatoes planted in container gardens

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Just as a potato farmer takes great care to ensure their field is perfect for their crop, you should put the effort into finding the right container. Theoretically, you can grow potatoes in almost anything, but for an easy, harvestable crop, you must ensure the container will fit the amount of potatoes, maintain proper moisture, and be easy to work with. Every potato you plant will need about 5 gallons of soil. You only need 6 inches of soil beneath the seed potato, but you’ll need to add soil on top as they grow. The container should be at least 2 feet deep for enough vertical space. If you want to grow more than one plant per container, seed potatoes should be 1 foot apart from each other. For larger container crops, you can reuse a kiddie pool to make sure every plant has enough room to stretch out.

It’s important that you don’t choose a planter that will hold too much moisture, as it could cause the potatoes to turn soggy if they stay wet too long. Drainage holes are a must when growing potatoes. Cloth grow bags work well because they easily drain water. Once you’re sure your container has proper drainage, you’ll also have to gauge if you are providing the soil with enough moisture. Containers dry out quicker than the ground, so you may need to water daily in the summer.

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