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Garbage can potatoes, boom or bust?

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On our first non rainy day for two weeks or so I went out back and dumped out my three garbage cans used for potato plantings.
I dug out the half can of straw and down into the dirt and about 3/4 of the way down I was pleased to discover there were actually some potatoes. Don't know why I was dumb enough to think the whole can would be full of them, but I was discouraged then amazed when they showed up at all. So, my $35 investment produced about 3 lbs of potatoes. Does it bother me? Surprisingly, no. It was like digging in the dirt and finding a diamond ring.
Next year I'll start earlier and use straw all the way up. Right now the fellas are drying out so I can gently wipe the dirt off and store them. I'm also going to go all containers as our weeds and slugs beat me badly this year.
Gardeners are a strange breed. Even our discouraging experiences make us more excited about next year.

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Submitted by lambert on

I tried garbage can potatoes, and it didn't work out real well. I started out with mounds, and moved to garbage cans, and I think it confused them.

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Submitted by kerril on

Some woman I talked to at the feed store told me she uses old tires and straw. And she has great luck with them.
I don't think we get enough sun in our yard in the latter part of the season. It was interesting to me that most of the crop was in one layer, below the first planting. And all in what seemed to be one layer. Ask me in ten years, when I finally get it right.
Are potatoes easily confused? They are spuds after all....

Submitted by lambert on

... used old tires. He said the held the heat well. But the idea of rubber and all the rest of the chemicals gives me the creeps.

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Submitted by kerril on

And use whiskey half barrels for the vegetables next year. They're tall enough to avoid the weeds and hopefully it will be easier to keep out slugs. Plus, it looks like peas, beans, potatoes and lettuce make it with our low light here. I'm very unhappy that tomatoes never work. They are my favorite garden crop.