Potatoes fresh dug from the garden has got to be one of the true benefits of growing your own produce. They are relatively easy to grow and if you use the bucket method take up very little garden space. I am sure that many of you have seen or heard of growing vegetables in 5 gallon buckets. It is a simple way to grow some fresh vegetables without having to dig up the yard or have a large space to garden in.. I like to grow my potatoes in buckets because it makes harvesting a snap. No digging and no mess when the potatoes are ready you just empty the bucket and there they are just pick them up and no digging involved.
The principal is very simple and works for lots of crops tomatoes to cucumbers can be grown in a bucket
and they will do very well without having to have a large garden plot. I planted my potatoes yesterday a bit latter than I would normally like but only by a week or two. I have a step by step below when planting potatoes be sure and use certified seed potatoes so that you do not have to worry about disease wiping out your crop.
Once you have the holes drilled in the bucket you will need to add some drainage material to the bottom . I use pea gravel as it is easy to handle and easy to sift out using a screen at the end of the growing season. Two inches is sufficient to provide adequate drainage.
Push the potato seeds down into the soil mix and add two inches of soil over the top of the seeds. Once the plants start to emerge and start growing keep adding soil to the bucket every time the plants reach six inches high leaving only the top three inches of the plants exposed. Stop adding soil mix once you get the bucket full within 3 ” of the top so that watering will not wash the soil out over the sides. Be sure to keep the buckets watered and in a couple of months you will have fresh potatoes.