how successful are container growing kits for fruit and vegetables?
I often see ads for potato growing buckets and kits, as well as ones for runner beans, and have often wondered how well they work, now I have seen an ad for raspberries and strawberries which suggests growing them in a pot, and promises a decent yield this season. I always thought raspberries needed deep cultivation and plenty of water and wonder how to achieve that in a pot.
Have you tried anything in this line, and are the newspaper ads optimistic please?
I grow strawberries in a special strawberry tub and we had loads
of fruit last year, and also the ads are right you grow veg in any
that will hold soil we have done and it works just to see
you try and be amazed at the results
Can I grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket?
Sure! Start out with about 8inches of soil on the bottom. Place your sprouting spuds and cover with another 6inches of loose soil. When the leaves start poking out on top, cover with yet another 6inches of loose soil. Keep repeating until the bucket is 3/4 full. Then let the leaves just grow. When the leaves die back in the fall, the spuds are ready to be harvested. By the way, don’t forget to put some drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket!-the quickest way to kill ‘em is to leave them sitting in water, or over water. Make sure the top few inches are dry before watering again.
I have been growing potatoes in buckets and this is their 14th week. Someone told me that after 12 weeks or so the leaves should wilt and that means they are ready to pick. I picked some last week and boiled up for a salad but they had a horrible bitter aftertaste to them. Have I picked too soon? How can I tell when they’re ready?
I am growing ‘Early’ Charlottes. It did say at the garden centre that they could be grown in containers. When the shoots came up I was making sure I put more compost in to cover the base of the stems so as not to get green potatoes, which none of the ones I harvested were.
Have you had flowers on your plants, because if not they haven’t matured yet. When they flower wait till all the flowers have died off & shaws are wilting then spuds should be ok to pick.
I’ve grown spuds in containers in past & they’ve been ok
To chit potatoes or to not chit, that is the question?
I have been backyard gardening for some time now and I am venturing on anew adventure. I have purchased seed potatoes from a nursery to grow bucket/garbage can potatoes….i might plant some in ground, i’m not sure yet. I heard of chitting or pre-sprouting potatoes before they are planted. Is it really that beneficiary? I’m so excited that I want to plant them right now…but if chitting is better, I can wait some time, i’ve waited all winter. Is it better to chit? Or plant directly?
I mean, what is the benefits of chitting or pre-sprouting?
LOL! On that first answer.
We always stick em’ in the dirt and they take right off. Potatoes are hardy enough to not worry about sprouting them first.
My potato plant has no potatoes, funny I know but help!?
Ok Ive never grown potato’s before, and I thought i’d try just one to see how it goes.
I planted it in a brick troth i have around my back porch, But the soil kept sinking i kept covering the plant.
The plant hs been growing flowers for around 2 weeks now, so i thought id have a feel around to see how big the potatoes were, i coouldnt find any so i gently pulled the plant up. And to my horror the was NO POTAOTES!!!
So i repoted the plant in a large bucket, to see how it goes.
The troth’s soil sunk and the was no where ffor the plant to root down.
Will the plant be ok now ive repoted it? Also I have a couple growing in the soil in my garden, will these be ok?
Howdee,,yep in order to git taters ,,you gotta plant a large, seed tater,,bout size of hen egg,,with at least 2 or 3 eyes on it,, cut tater ,,let it cure for bout 2 or 3 days,,keep it dry,,,plant cut side down ,,bout 6 inches deep in sandy soil,,,4 inches in heavy soil,,,pull dirt to tater vines when bout 6 inches tall,,and bout once a week there after,,,hey don’t eat the taters that have green on em,,,they poison,,,make u sick,,or worse,,,repoted plant probably will not make it,,as you have destroyed the tap root,,, hey in Mississippi it takes bout 90 days to grow taters,,,depends on when you planted em,,,if the ones in garden will produce,,,be patient and keep dirt pulled to em,,,,good luck with em,,,,,
Government’s something WE create, corporations DEPEND on us, business requires INITIATIVE. Why so much despair?
Stop feeling like victims in the hands of the corporate interests or government or both.
The more you feel like a powerless victim, the more you become a powerless victim.
If you’re not an absolute idiot, you can manage to have an idea and to make it a reality, that’s how all companies start. If push comes to shove, people are capable of growing potatoes to eat in old ice cream plastic buckets.
Yes, and that is totally possible. But if we don’t stop the corporate takeover of our government, we won’t even have old plastic ice cream buckets available.
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