Have you ever grown potatoes in a garbage can (or alike)?

United States
March 16, 2010 2:15pm CST
I found this posted on another forum and found a video on youtube of a lady showing you how to do this. I was wondering if anyone ever had any luck with it and what other containers you've grown them in? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4tvOSHUkdM
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Mar 10
I've seen people talking about growing them in large plastic containers, but I have never done it myself. I would love to give it a try though if I had some containers that I would be able to use for it. I know that my next door neighbor grows potatoes in her garden, but she doesn't use containers for anything that she grows. Last year was our first experiment in a container garden and all that we grew was tomatoes.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
17 Mar 10
Hi, 3SunggleBunnies. No, I have never grown potatoes in the garbage can. I have seen them grown in the garden and that was all. Hopefully, it is an clean garbage can that is not too dirty to allow the potatoes to grown in.
• United States
16 Mar 10
I've used large containers but not actually in garbage cans. There are a whole lot of YouTube videos on how to do it. The key, is to plant them w/ very little soil & then add soil as the plant grows. It provides more roots from the side of the plant & those roots are where the baby potatoes will grow.
@Wizzywig (7859)
16 Mar 10
My mums been growing them successfully in plastic buckets for years. This year, she has bought some special bags (sort of plastic-hessian) and the leaflet with them says she can cut a hole in the side and take out a few potatoes at a time instead of having to dig the root up. I've grown them in a big plastic water tank that they removed from the loft when we had a new boiler installed.