It is easier than growing potatoes in the garden, learning how to grow potatoes in containers takes little physical effort or digging. You do not need an ideal soil for growing new potatoes and healthy tubers. This method will also aid to protect young potatoes from soil-borne pests and diseases like scab and eelworm. In this article, learn how to grow potatoes in containers without soil.
All good growing seasons start with proper planting of crops that will provide the necessary sustenance for the crop as well as covering the land in case of rain or snow. For planting potatoes, you can use the same type of crop you would normally plant. For instance, if you are growing red potatoes, plant them with red clover or alfalfa instead. If you are growing yellow sweet potatoes, plant them with yellow sweet alfalfa or red clover. The foliage of the plants will provide protection from insects as well as help the plants to produce their fruit in abundance. You can use a garden hose to water the plants or you can use a sprinkler system with a timer.
When the crop is harvested, the remaining foliage will serve as a source of nutrition for your plants. Remove all dead leaves, stems, and any weeds that may have sprouted. You can also use leaves, stems, and other parts of the plant you have plucked and used as compost to make a rich soil. Make sure the potatoes are planted in their respective habitats, i.e., soil with good fertility and good drainage, and that they are far enough away from each other to avoid competition.
For containers, you should carefully follow the procedures for planting a garden soil mix. First, select a location in which to plant the crop. Avoid areas with extreme temperatures, as this will stunt the growth of the plants. Also, do not choose a site that is too close to any structures or other natural features. Remember that roots expand due to direct exposure to sunlight, so plant the potatoes closer to structures such as a building or trellis.
Once the site is selected, prepare the soil by breaking up the soil and adding compost and other fertilizer to improve the quality of the soil. Potatoes prefer a finer soil with more broken particles for proper drainage. The purpose made container is perfect for growing varieties that do not need to be replanted. Many of the container-grown varieties are very forgiving and do quite well if you are able to harvest them often. However, there are many varieties that can only be harvested rarely and will reward you with their wonderful flavor if you harvest them often.
Many consumers prefer to purchase home-grown tubers rather than buy them at the grocery store because they are healthier for consumption. Some of the commonly sold grocery store varieties are not healthy and some even contain added sugar to sweeten them up. When choosing containers for your crop, check the labels carefully to ensure that the crop has not been added to sugar water or other artificial products. These types of crop will produce mildew in containers over time.
If you want to use traditional methods of planting and harvesting, the potatoes that are suitable for containers can be piqued up by putting them into a root system with an interesting addition – manure! Potatoes that have been potted and left to go through the process of converting the compost into soil are often very good and very tasty. However, there are also some excellent ways of using traditional methods of planting and harvesting to grow new varieties of potatoes in containers. One of the earliest varieties of potatoes that was successfully used in this manner was the Irish potatoes, which is still available today in some markets.
When you are ready to plant your crop, it is important that you have selected a location that has a lot of drainage so that water does not stagnate. Most plants will do well in a full sun environment but some varieties need more shade and can do best in partial shade. The container should always be kept about two feet away from the plants. Be sure to plant your crop up on a level surface and keep your pruned plants trimmed and off the ground to allow for good root development.