Ever find one of these lost in the back of a cool, dark cabinet?
Or bought a bag that you never quite got around to using? Don't throw them away... PLANT THEM!
* Plant potatoes two weeks before the last approximate freeze date of 28 degrees. Now sounds like a good time to me!
* Prepare your container: large plant pot, 5 gallon bucket, large garbage bag. Be sure the container you use has adequate drainage.
* Fill container with 2-3 inches of soil
* Using a sharp knife, cut pieces of the potato approx 2 inches square containing 2 eyes (the little growths on the potato). Allow to dry for a day or two to prevent rot. I didn't.
* Place your potato pieces into the soil
* Rule of thumb is 4 seed potatoes (or pieces) for each 5 gallon bucket. Mine is probably overkill - too many plants . We'll see.
* Cover with 2-4 inches of soil.
* Water well. Remember that container plants need more water than garden plants. They dry out more quickly.
* When the plant has grown approx 4-5 inches above the soil, bury the plant again so that just the tops of the greens are showing. New potatoes will grow each time you add more dirt.
* Continue adding soil as the plant grows until your container is full.
* Potatoes typically grow for 6-8 weeks. When the leaves turn yellow and the plant dies back you can harvest your potatoes. Just dump your container.
* Store your homegrown potatoes in a cool, dry place. Just remember they're there. (Or use them for your next planting ;)