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Merry
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Merry
Ankeny Iowa
USA
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Posted - Jun 14 2011 :  10:54:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just wanted to share my latest gardening experiment with you!


Read about it http://afarminmyheart.blogspot.com/2011/05/growing-potatoes-in-reusable-shopping.html

The above picture is after they reached 8 inches, and I added more dirt. As they grow, I will add more dirt and hopefully little potatoes will start to grow along the buried stems.

Believe me, this was way way cheaper than buying two grow bags!

Merry
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nubidane
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Lisa
Georgetown OH
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Posted - Jun 14 2011 :  11:34:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Merry, those look great! I am kind of doing something similar. Our old muck buckets were useless as the handles had torn of & the platic around them was ruined.
I had hubby drill holes in the bottom for drainage, & added straw, potatoes & as they grow, more straw. I will have to see how it goes.
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Merry
True Blue Farmgirl

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Merry
Ankeny Iowa
USA
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Posted - Jun 14 2011 :  12:33:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm beginning to think we can grow potatoes in anything!

Merry
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Emily Anna
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Emily
Fort Atkinson WI
USA
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Posted - Jun 15 2011 :  07:50:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great idea! I live in an apartment and have been looking for ways to grow veggies with what limited space I have! Thanks for the idea!
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Fiddlehead Farm
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Diane
Bandera TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 15 2011 :  4:53:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I grew them in bushel baskets last year, but switched up to large feed buckets! I start out the same with only a few inches of compost mixed with vermiculite and sphagnum moss. I keep adding this mixture as the plants grow. When they die back all I have to do is dump it out on a tarp and harvest potatoes. The left over soil goes back in my compost bin! Easy and no bugs or disease.

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upnorthgirl
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Sharon
St. Germain WI
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Posted - Aug 08 2011 :  6:31:46 PM  Show Profile  Send upnorthgirl a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
How cool is this?!!! I will have to remember this for next year, we live in a fairly sandy area, which I know potatos grow well in, I have several lod feel buckets also, will have to give a try for next year! thanks for the info:)

Sharon

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embchicken
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Elaine
Ocean NJ
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2011 :  4:07:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am definitely going to do this next year! This year I have them in raised beds and they went berserk! What a great idea!

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OGGFarmJess
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Jessy
Ivins Utah
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Posted - Aug 09 2011 :  7:47:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't wait to try this! Such a neat idea!
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homsteddinmom
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Brandee
bullard tx
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Posted - Aug 11 2011 :  05:43:44 AM  Show Profile  Send homsteddinmom a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
i know some people use feed bags too! or old trash cans, those pop up laundry hampers

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countrymommy85
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Krystle
Polson MT
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Posted - Aug 11 2011 :  09:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a great idea!!! Brandee, I was just thinking if used feed bags would work! Love it!!!

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Merry
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Merry
Ankeny Iowa
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Posted - Aug 11 2011 :  09:14:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think any container that will hold dirt and drain water will work, potatoes just want to grow! I really neglected mine in the shopping bags, bugs, drought no fertilizer, but guess what, I've got little potatoes growing in there!

Merry
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Wildcrafter
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Suzanne
Burlington WA
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Posted - Aug 12 2011 :  3:56:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fiddlehead Farm

I grew them in bushel baskets last year, but switched up to large feed buckets! I start out the same with only a few inches of compost mixed with vermiculite and sphagnum moss. I keep adding this mixture as the plants grow. When they die back all I have to do is dump it out on a tarp and harvest potatoes. The left over soil goes back in my compost bin! Easy and no bugs or disease.

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
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Love this idea! I'm going to do it next year.

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
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Posted - Aug 17 2011 :  04:10:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
awesome!

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JThomp
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Justine
Raymore Missouri
USA
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Posted - Sep 07 2011 :  09:30:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm definitely giving this a try next year.
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Farmer Judy
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Judy
North Aurora IL
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Posted - Sep 07 2011 :  09:49:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Please post pictures of your potatoe harvest too!

God bless,

Judy

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mickib
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Michele
Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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Posted - Sep 07 2011 :  3:18:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to try this next year.
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LinB52
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Lin
Tecumseh MI
USA
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Posted - Sep 07 2011 :  4:14:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used 5 gal white buckets last yr and they did really well...this year i planted them in the ground and i wished i would of used the buckets...much easier and about the same yield..next year back to the buckets...
Lin


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