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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 2/25/2018, 7:50 pm

Does anyone plant potatoes in a square foot garden or container?  I planted some in a trash can a few years ago and, while I harvested some, I'm not sure the yield was worth the effort.  Maybe my expectations were too high.  Your thoughts?
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 2/25/2018, 7:52 pm

Yikes!  I just realized that I posted this in "Introduce Yourself."  Is there a way to move it?  I'm still learning my way around the forum.
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Post  sanderson on 2/25/2018, 10:30 pm

A lot of us grow potatoes, in beds, buckets and other containers.  Very Happy   If you enter the word potatoes in the search box, you will see 214 threads.

Some potatoes produce in only one area. Others will produce all the way up the plant when buried higher.

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Post  countrynaturals on 2/26/2018, 12:11 pm

I've tried them with moderate success, but they take so long, and aren't really that good for us (unless compared to a Snickers bar) so I don't give them any prime real estate. If you have room and aren't concerned with appearance, you can make a "planter" of hay bales, by just laying them out in a square. Lay the seed potatoes on the ground inside the frame of bales, then layer more hay or leaves to cover the potatoes about 2-3 inches and let them grow, adding more material as needed. I lost mine to grasshoppers last year, so you might need to cover the bed with bridal tulle.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/26/2018, 6:43 pm

I have had great luck with them.  I love YukonGold, and they are easy, too.
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I grow potatoes in SFG.

Post  crankyoldman on 3/16/2018, 3:48 pm

I grow potatoes in my SFG beds, Small potatoes I plant 5 to a square, larger potatoes I plant 2 to 4 per square. I get small red potatoes in about 80 days, medium Russets take 90 to 100 days.

While potatoes do take a bit of time to grow they are like everything from the veggie garden, much better than store bought.
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Post  Turan on 3/16/2018, 4:14 pm

I do love to grow potatoes. I try to grow varieties that are super expensive in the stores, both for the fun of novelty and to tell myself that it is cost effective. So I grow fingerlings usually. This year DH petitioned for 'All Blue', they are a long season type. I am sorely tempted to over plant them with an early season like 'Yukon' just to see if it would work. I plant a big grower like French red fingerling 1 per sq. This double layer idea I would do the same, but at the first hilling plant the second layer. Maybe.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/16/2018, 8:54 pm

Yes, do that, Turan!  Super great idea,,,and keep us posted!!!

As for potatoes in general, ther are very happy in SFG!!!

I ❤️ Yukon gold.  Some varieties need depth, so you need to see what you want to grow.  Most can be grown comfortably in your standard SFG set up.  Loves me spuds.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 3/16/2018, 10:37 pm

Yesterday I read a preview of Mel's answer book.  There was a mention about growing potatoes in SFG with a box placed on top of the square so that you can add more soil as the plant grows.  Has anyone tried that?
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 3/16/2018, 10:46 pm

Immediately after hitting "send" it occurred to me to use the Search feature.  I found some threads about the boxes (called top hats), including photos.  So just disregard my previous post.  I have so much to learn.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/17/2018, 7:13 am

Just remember, FGD, it's all a process... Wink
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