I tried to plant potatoes in a raised bed a few years ago with no success at all. My memory of the failure is that we thought that raccoons might have dug them up. We found the seed potatoes scattered around the garden. Since it’s been a few years it seems like time to try again. I’m hoping that if we plant them in a container and keep them outside the back door, we’ll have greater success. So in the middle of all the rain yesterday my youngest kids and I did some potato planting!
Before we started we gathered up our materials:
- the cut potatoes
- a bag of organic potting soil
- A great pot that my Mother-in-Law painted for me (I love this, it’s so cute!)
- A trowel
- A kid, ready to dig!
We filled the bottom of the pot with broken up clay pots and rocks to help with drainage. Ideally, I would have put a layer of screening on top of this but I couldn’t find any and I knew that my husband was busy at a conference this afternoon. So, we skipped that step. I think it will be okay.
The kids added soil to the pot.. of course they loved this!
When the pot was half full it was time to add the potatoes. We placed them in with the sprouts facing up.
We added another two inches of soil and moved them outside, then we watered them in with rainwater that had fallen throughout the day.
And now we’ll watch them grow! We planted them halfway up the pot with the idea that as the potatoes form we’ll keep mounding the soil over them so that more can grow. I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes. We’ll keep you posted!