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Is it possible to grow potatoes in the city?

post #1 of 7
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Today we picked up some various vegetable seeds to grow in the corner of my grandma's yard, which she lets us use. But what my 5-year old son really wants to try growing is potatoes. I don't know the first thing about growing potatoes. Is it possible to grow them in a container? We do have a patio in behind our house. I don't think there is enough room at my grandma's to start planting potatoes on top of everything else.

Thanks!
post #2 of 7
Have you considered growing potatoes in trash cans, like this:
http://backyardfarming.blogspot.com/...-potatoes.html

I've never tried it, but I have city friends who have.
post #3 of 7
You can definitely grow potatoes in a container! A tall rectangle rubbermaid will work also! Just drill holes in it.

Potatoes are so much fun to grow!
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks! That link is perfect.
post #5 of 7
If you have old tires laying about, that will work as well instead of a trash can. Just add a tire, add straw and keep it growing and covered. Easy to knock apart for harvesting as well.
post #6 of 7
Tires sound great except for all the nasty chemicals they leech.

A local person is making and selling these potato planters, apparently you can get 100lbs from each box.

http://www.irisheyesgardenseeds.com/growers1.php
post #7 of 7
Neat.

A friend of ours grows potatoes in a giant cloth bag on his balcony every year. It's works the way the boxes do.
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