I bet if I told you I woke up to an inch of snow on the ground you wouldn’t believe me.
I couldn’t believe it either when I woke up and opened the door … it was a winter wonderland!
The garden looked a little chilly!
Typical Colorado – it didn’t last long, and soon it all was melted. All morning it was chilly though, so we worked inside!
I’ve been pretty excited all week – a few months ago I had ordered some plants for the garden, and this week they arrived! I ordered some gooseberry and currant bushes, potatoes, and onions. This is my 3rd year gardening here, and I really am learning what works and what does not work. I have had so many failed attempts – like over 40 tomatoes plants that perished the night they were planted last year – so I don’t focus so much on the typical garden tomatoes and peppers. By the time I can get them outside to start growing, the summer is about half over, and they don’t have enough time to mature. So I really focus on the cold weather crops. I have a lot of lettuce, spinach, and kale planted, and this year I am branching out to onions and potatoes!
However, to save space, I am trying to grow potatoes in a trash can! To be perfectly honest, I really have no idea what I am talking about, so I hope they actually grow!
How To: Growing Potatoes in a Trashcan
First you need some containers. You can use trashcans, or buckets. We had some largish containers that we had gotten some trees in. They really are perfect, because they have drainage holes in the bottom already. If you are using a trashcan, you just need to drill some holes in the bottom.
Then, I put some rocks in the bottom of the container, to help with drainage.
Here is what the potatoes look like – like little rocks!
Soil – potatoes -
More soil! And water! And in case you are wondering, yes it is hard to take pictures when your hands are all dirty.
We decided to line up our potato garden in an area that gets sun most of the day.
I hope it works! Grow little potatoes, grow!
Question: Have you ever grown potatoes in a trashcan? Does it really work?
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