Potatoes are one of the easiest and most abundant foods you can grow. They can be served as a side dish or dressed up to be a complete meal. They also keep pretty well. If you are looking for a simple item to grow that will also bulk up your pantry, potatoes are a great staple. Here are several different ways to grow potatoes, no matter where you live.
|Straw Bale Method||Container Method||Scatter Method|
Some expense for materials
Inexpensive if you have mulch
Growing potatoes (or anything) in straw bales is an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to get your garden started. When done correctly, it also produces a magnificent yield. You don't need fresh bales. Because you want straw to be aged for this method anyway, you can usually get older bales that have been exposed to the elements and that farmers are desperate to get rid of.
Yes, you can grow potatoes in containers. People who choose this method generally do so because they don't have much space. A gardening container can be placed on a patio or even a balcony. You might also choose this method of growing potatoes if you don't have a whole lot of time to spend on gardening. This method makes it easier to protect your plants from pests and makes weeding virtually unnecessary. You can use any clean container, from a garbage can to a feed sack. The rule is that you have to get it to stand up, and it has to have good drainage. You may need to make holes in your container to get it to drain properly.
This one is for the truly lazy gardener. Simply scatter seed potatoes over the gardening space and cover them with mulch. As with other methods, you will need to continue adding mulch as plants grow. One caveat: if you have a problem with pests such as mice or moles, this method should not be your first choice.
This is the time-honored "traditional" method for growing potatoes. It is a great way to go if you have space and like to spend time in the garden. Because there is plenty of space for plants to spread out, it carries the greatest potential for a plentiful harvest.
If you want to be involved in your own food production, you should start simple. You could keep chickens or grow a radical garden. Much of that involves time, however, and a learning curve. You don't need a lot of time, money, space or talent to grow potatoes, though. No matter what your skills or means or how much space you have, anyone can grow potatoes. With the right gardening method and a little attention, you can have a fine harvest of potatoes to grace your table and supplement your pantry.
Rebecca Long (author) from somewhere in the appalachian foothills on May 05, 2017:
Its easier than you would think. Even I have managed to get a decent yield.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 04, 2017:
Thanks for the tips. I've nevee tried growing potatoes before. My brother hass though and they've always turned out well.