Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien


This is the time of year I wish I were in a warmer climate for I would surely be outside planting!  Looking out at the four foot drifts, I really need to worry about how to get to the chicken coop, not the garden!

trash can

In the meantime, our dance company performs this Friday.  In one of the numbers the kids are alley cats and I always have crazy ideas that I then have to implement.  I thought I would get a couple of trash cans that they could crouch behind then saunter out to their positions and start their dance.  Now, I’ll have two black trash cans that I really don’t need…..or do I?

My mind wanders back to a class I took with Tammi Hartung.  I really like this lady.  She has some great books out there.  She is an accomplished author and grower.  She provides herbs for the nearby plant nursery and is an herbalist.  It was her book, “Growing 101 Herbs that Heal” that inspired me on my current journey as an herbalist.  In this class, hosted by Tagawa Gardens, she talked about growing vegetables indoors all winter, sans lights and crazy set ups.  That inspired my table you will see in my post The Indoor Farmer (under Farming).  She also mentioned in the class how to grow tons of potatoes.

Place six inches of good planting soil in the bottom of the trash can with drainage holes drilled in the bottom.  Set tubers spread a part across the top.  Top with another six inches of soil.  Water.  Let soak up sun (no lid).  When the green part starts to rise above the soil line, add six more inches of soil.  Continue to do this until you nearly reach the top or it is the end of the season.  When you dump out the trash can, you will be flush in potatoes to store for the winter!  The entire barrel will be filled!  How marvelous!

We didn’t get around to doing this last year but I told a friend about it.  At the end of the season when they dumped out the trash can, it was filled with potatoes!

potato basket

I cannot wait to turn my dance trash cans into barrels of winter potatoes.  I will plant potatoes in the garden at St. Patrick’s Day, plant the two barrels closer to Mother’s day, and then plant another set of potatoes in the garden in July.  We do like our potatoes around here.  Some great, colorful, heirloom potatoes await!  – I did not know she had a blog until now!

3 thoughts on “Growing Potatoes in an Odd Fashion

  1. bhoyt10 says:

    I can’t wait to see how this works! I’ve been reading about it too.

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