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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 28, 2011 - 5:03 am

I finished planting my seed potatoes yesterday inbetween the rain.  I used old galvinized wash tubs with holes drilled in the bottom. I like this container idea because you can move it around if need be.  The seed potatoes didn't look so good but, the eyes of the potatoes were sprouting and that is good right? I have never grown potatoes so time will tell if they will grow.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 14, 2011 - 2:51 pm

My potatoes are up about 2"Smile.  Now they say to let them get 6" and then add compost/soil up about 4" leaving 2" showing and then repeat when they get 6" again. I hope this all works

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 8, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Here is an update on my potatoes in old wash tubs, which I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.Image Enlarger I can't believe how fast they have grown. I did use ALOT of compost in the container.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 11, 2011 - 6:31 pm

My potatoes have some little holes in the leaves. I did find 2 striped beetles about 3 weeks ago and got rid of them. I haven't found any eggs. A few leaves turned yellow. Is this normal?Image Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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October 7, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Today Jaelin & Addisen and I harvested the potatoes. Five months plus, that is what it took to get my 10 pounds of home grown potatoes. Is it worth it???? Well, my Granddaughters learned ALOT and listening to their excitement was so heart warming. I will be posting a video of my potato harvest.Image Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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October 7, 2011 - 6:53 pm

I think that is a BIG YES it was worth it!! They look proud of their potatoe pilesSmile

"Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow"

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 10, 2011 - 3:24 pm

We have about 3# of small potatoes left. Sunday mornings we have a big breakfast and fried potatoes with LOTS OF ONIONS is always a must. I have to do some reading on how to have bigger potatoes. More nutrients, bigger container?Confused Both probably. Mine were in galvanized wash tubs...not too deep.

 I also have tomatoes that are ripening slowly. It is nice to have our own, but they don't taste as good as when they ripen on the vine. At least I know how they were grown... no chemicals just alot of WORM POOP. LOL  We probably have enough of another month.Frown   

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 7, 2012 - 6:11 am

I planted my potatoes yesterday in two BLUE tubs I got at Walmart for $5.97 each. They have white rope handles and are very big and much cheaper than a large garden pot. I drilled holes into the bottom for drainageThis year I used a different soil mix. Equal parts of top soil, peatmoss, compost and a little less than a part of perlite. I also added a couple handfuls of WORM CASTINGS. I sprinked and worked into the soil cottonseed meal, kelp meal, bonemeal and garden lime. I put my two potato containers each on a small dolly so I can roll them out and into the garage each day so they stay warmer for a month or so. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 19, 2012 - 7:45 pm

SurprisedMy potatoes have poked their little leaves through the soil. It took them 12 days to sprout.  Now I will wait until they are a few inches high and add some soil mix to cover all but alittle of the leaves. I will keep adding soil as they grow, until they reach the top of the container. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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April 21, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Isn't it fun to watch things grow Laugh

Indiana, zone 5

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