99 #'s of Potatoes in 4 EASY steps!

Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space, it is also for those who want to maximize their yield. Not only does growing potatoes in a container reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you no longer risk shovel damage to your harvest by digging them out of the ground. Just tip the container over and potatoes are yours to enjoy!

STEP 1 ~ SELECT AND PREPARE A CONTAINER
You can choose a container from a 50 gallon trash can, half whiskey barrel, plastic to a beautiful glazed pot. Any 2-3' foot tall container that has drainage holes for water to seep out of. 

STEP 2 ~ CHOOSE A VARIETY AND PLANT POTATOES
Seed potatoes arrive at the garden center in early Spring. Cut large seed potatoes into pieces with at least two eyes. Plant small seed potatoes whole. Allow cut surfaces to dry for about one week prior to planting.

Fill the bottom of your pot with 6" of G & B Raised Bed and potting mix soil. Do NOT use garden soil or manure based products in containers or productions drops dramatically.

Plant your seed potatoes leaving plenty of room between each potato. Loosely back-fill the potatoes with another 6" of potting soil and water to dampen. Keep the soil damp making sure not to overwater creating soggy soil. 

STEP 3 ~ ADD MORE POTTING SOIL
When your potatoes grow 6-8 inches of foliage add another layer of potting soil covering and 1/2 to 3/4 of the visible stems and foliage. Repeat this process of allowing the sprouts to grow and then covering the sprouts and dampening the soil as the plants group up toward the top of the container. 

Once a week or so, mix up a 1/2 gallon jug of water and 1/2 cup of Gardner & Bloome organic worm castings. Let it sit overnight, stir and then use that as your watering for that day.

STEP 4 ~ 99 POUNDS OF POTATOES
Potatoes should be ready to harvest in about 12 weeks, or when the plants flower and start to yellow. When you see this happening, stop watering and let them go to wilt. Carefully dig down with your hands to inspect the top-most layer. After you have confirmed your suspicions, dump the barrel out on a tarp and inspect your bounty!!!!

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