Growing Potatoes- Method 3 (In a Bin)

When we set out on our potato experiment we really had no idea what to expect. We tried 3 methods with 3 completely different results. We by no means grew enough potatoes to put up for the winter. In fact we've already eaten all the potatoes that we grew with the exception of the rotten potatoes from method 2. :(

 I talked about the first two methods in previous posts. If you missed them you can find them here.

Growing Potatoes Method 1

Growing Potatoes Method 2

 Out of all the ways we grew potatoes the 3rd method we used was by far the best method. We had healthy plants. We didn't worry about the container rotting away. We also didn't have to worry about potatoes getting overlooked. It was by far the simplest method.

 It was simply a trash can. In fact it was the same trash can that we used when we made our first compost bin. We rapidly outgrew the can and needed a larger scale compost so we used the empty trash can which already had holes drilled in it to grow potatoes.




  As you can see we really only filled the can about halfway with dirt when covering the plants. We would have gone all the way to the top but we ran out of dirt. We also put a thick layer of straw as mulch for the plants. Once the grown plants started to die back we decided to go ahead and see what we had.

   We dumped the bin over and by we I mean I let Mr Homestead do the dirty work while I stood there and took pictures. He didn't mind as we both find gardening is as exciting as presents on Christmas morning.

 He worked through the dirt and came out with what was for us this year the mother load of potatoes.


   Here is where I literally squealed for joy and Mr Homestead looked at me with his famous don't be so dramatic look. I know it isn't much but these babies were far bigger and better looking than the potatoes from methods 1 and 2. We also had more of them.

 Of course this got us to discussing how we would grow them next year and we decided that we want to build several potato boxes that we can stack up as the plants grow. I've seen several plans for these on Pinterest so when we are in the deep throes of our rainy Pacific Northwest winter we'll be drawing up plans for making some up.

 It always feels good when something actually works out, especially when you are trying to grow your own food and provide for your family in that way. After the first 2 methods we were so disappointed and didn't really expect much from the trash can potatoes (haha sounds funny).

 So here ends the Great Potato Experiment of 2016. It's been a learning experience that we have benefitted from greatly. Even disappointments have their value in life as we have learned.

Have you ever grown potatoes? if so leave me a comment with your tips and tricks. Thanks for reading!

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