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Growing Potatoes In A Box!

Do You Know How To Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In A Box

Well I am going to let you in on this secret. I have been looking at the different ways and I like this one that I have found.

The reason being that I am looking for a way to grow a lot of potatoes in a small area, and in a container that I can work on.  With my heath issues kneeling is almost impossible for me.  So all my gardening has to be up where I can get at it.

Potatoes like a slightly acidic soil low-pH around 5.0 provides good control of common scab.

Fertilizer you can use to get a excellent crop is an all-purpose 5-5-5 organic brand.

You plant in one bottom layer, boarding up the sides of each layer and adding dirt as you go higher (you wait until the plants have grown a bit before adding a new layer). While new potatoes are growing in the top layers, remove the boards from the first layer at the bottom to carefully dig out any that are ready for harvesting. Fill the dirt back in and board up the box again. You move up the layers and harvest as they are ready. I imagine the new potatoes in the first couple bottom layers would be somewhat awkward to get at but as you move higher–not so bad.

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Plans from: Tipnut – Click here for full article

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They say that you can harvest as you go along but I’m not sure I would do that with ours because our climate is cooler and we really only get one real good harvest a year with root crops.  So I think it would be a call you would make according to the weather in your area.

There are only two of us so I am sure one box will do us just fine. To bad it wouldn’t work with carrots. I will figure something out.

If we grew a lot of our vegetables in these up right ob ideas we could have quite the crop for our winters harvest.

This will also work real well if you have very limited space like a balcony even you would just need a tray to set it in and the first layer would have more dirt. or you could even us a garbage can and layer it as it grew and do the one time digging like we are going to do.  All kinds of ideas.

Happy Planting!!