potatoes in a bucket is a good option if no ground is available for
planting. In fact, many would say growing potatoes in a bucket is
easier than growing them in the ground. Below are detailed, step-by-step directions for successfully growing potatoes in a bucket.
Things You Will Need
- A plastic garbage can, at least 20 gallons
- A drill with a 7/8 inch drill bit
- Soil or soiless mix (peat moss, wood chips, compost, perlite)
- Some potatoes
Step 1Drill some holes in the garbage can. The holes should be on the sides, approximately one-half inch from the bottom. Be sure you have enough room between the holes and from the bottom to the holes that you do not risk the garbage can cracking or collapsing due to lack of structure on the bottom. Use a 7/8 inch drill bit to drill holes at least six inches apart.
Step 2Cut the potatoes if they are big. You can use any potatoes as long as they are not rotten or moldy. If you cut the potatoes, be sure to keep at least 3 eyes on each piece. Leave the potatoes in a well-ventilated area while you fill the buckets (see below). This will allow the potatoes time to callous a little so they are less susceptible to disease once they are planted.
Step 3Fill the garbage can with about four to six inches of soil or soiless mix. You can use garden soil, potting soil, pure compost, or a mix of peat moss, wood chips, compost, and perlite. Perlite is a white chalky, crumbly substance often found at garden centers. Perlite is used to keep soil from becoming compacted, especially in containers.
Step 4Move the trash can to its permanent location, if you haven't done so already. Water coming out of the drainage holes could cause a mess, so it's a good idea to put something underneath the bucket to collect excess water. You can carefully balance the bucket on its lid or use a plastic lid from a large tote box. Be sure to place the container in a sunny location, ideally so the potato plants get at least six hours of sunlight per day.
Be sure your potting medium (garden soil, potting soil, compost, etc) is sufficiently moist for planting before putting potatoes in. The soil should be moist like a wet sponge, but not sopping wet.