Say what??! It’s true and I’m going to tell you how! It’s all about going vertical…so to speak.
Usually when potatoes are planted they are put into the ground and dirt is mounded up around them. The plant continues to grow above the soil and underneath at the roots the potatoes form. Well with this method you start with a container. As the plant grows you cover it with soil and allow it to keep growing. Every time the plant grows 5-6 inches you cover it with soil so that only about 3 inches of “plant” is sticking up above the soil line, so that photosynthesis can occur. At the end of the growing season you tip the container and there *should* be layers of potatoes.
That’s all great in THEORY, but we all know I am a terrible gardener so let’s see if I can put this theory into practice.
What you will need:
- Laundry basket (you can spare one you have 12 and you’ve already given up on your laundry routine a week in…let it go)
- Gardening soil
- Seed potatoes (or potatoes that you meant to make au gratin with but ordered out instead and forgot about that have sprouted)
- Patience (like a lot…a whole lot)
First you want to drill some holes into the bottom of the laundry basket. You want the soil to drain well and not be soggy (if the soil is soggy the potatoes will rot).
Next you want to add a few inches of soil to the laundry basket. You don’t want to FILL the basket because as the plant grows you will be adding more and more dirt gradually until it is full, so you just want to give your seed potatoes a start.