Homegrown potatoes in containers (Google / Eastern Iowa Life)

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Homegrown: Potato update

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Judy Stevens, Linn County Master Gardener, answered my call for tips on potato container gardening.

Judy offers this excellent advice:

Container grown potatoes are great because you can grow them vertically underground. This will yield many more potatoes than the conventional “hill of Potatoes”.


The container can be a wide variety, such as a plastic garbage can with drain holes in the bottom. a sturdy gunny sack staked with a couple of small steel posts,  your compost pile, old tires, or lumber fastened together as if you were to build a raised bed but 2-3 times taller. The garden centers and the catalogs are now selling potato bags, which I am trying this year for the first time.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.