Growing potatoes in containers

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I think my final potato container for the year is just about ready for harvest. :lol:

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If we had left spuds this late there would have been no tubers left: slugs would have consumed the lot, even on a patio. We often get their trails up around the inside of cloches etc. Some even invade the house (ugh!)
Let us know what the yield is like...
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AE-NMidlands wrote: Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:22 pm If we had left spuds this late there would have been no tubers left: slugs would have consumed the lot, even on a patio. We often get their trails up around the inside of cloches etc. Some even invade the house (ugh!)
Let us know what the yield is like...
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Finally emptied the last container today, not a great harvest as the last seed potatoes (bought in Jan) were in real, poor condition when I planted the final one in September. But quality still great so no need to visit supermarket today.

I had read that if you plant them in Sept, they are called Xmas potatoes.

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They look great - enjoy them!
We are eating our biggest saved Desiree spuds baked. They are fabulous just with butter and salt and pepper.
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Very good thread Nowty. I love growing spuds, but they take up so much space. This has been inspirational - definitely try your system next year.

Thanks for posting.
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Respect .............
Potatoes are cheap ........but yours are free ..........
planted some in sept in a tub .........but none grew !!
leaving in case 2022 they grow..........
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I have been growing potatoes in pots for about 3-4 years now and I find that they are much easier to do this way than in the ground.

I must admit that we use smaller tubs (30 litre with heavy duty handles) and I reuse the soil with fertiliser every year.

The reason I like the smaller pots is that I am able to lift the whole pot and tip it into a wheel barrow allowing me to go through the soil thoroughly to get all the potatoes, before storing all the soil in a builders bag for the following year. When I replant the following year I add the fertiliser (or manure sometimes).

Is really easy to do - but as you say they must be watered regularly particularly if it is hot.

Fantastic post with lots of pictures.
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cojmh wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 5:44 pm I have been growing potatoes in pots for about 3-4 years now and I find that they are much easier to do this way than in the ground.

I must admit that we use smaller tubs (30 litre with heavy duty handles) and I reuse the soil with fertiliser every year.

The reason I like the smaller pots is that I am able to lift the whole pot and tip it into a wheel barrow allowing me to go through the soil thoroughly to get all the potatoes, before storing all the soil in a builders bag for the following year. When I replant the following year I add the fertiliser (or manure sometimes).

Is really easy to do - but as you say they must be watered regularly particularly if it is hot.

Fantastic post with lots of pictures.
Funny enough I have replaced my old 60 litre containers with newer 40 litre containers with 3 tubers in each. My first 4 planted a couple of weeks ago are just starting to sprout out. The new containers are breathable fabric so are supposed to air dry the roots and facilitate a better roof system.

I must say they are not free as cost of tubers, containers, fertiliser, etc, but the quality exceeds whatever you can buy elsewhere.

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The smaller containers are growing nicely, soon be time for earthing up and planting a new batch.
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I grow mine in old tyres, with 2 tyres on top of each other, then do the same - gradually fill them up as they grow, Produced loads last year
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