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Grow Potatoes In A 5 Gallon Bucket

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So the purpose of this instructable is to grow potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket so that you can start them indoors and be able to transport them back and forth inside and out depending on the weather
 
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Step 1: Get Your Supplies

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The things that you are going to need is first off a 5 gallon bucket or similar, get a bunch of rocks or aquarium pebbles, some dirt or potting soil, next a black trash bag, then scissors and potatoes either from your local home and garden center or from your pantry if they start growing roots

Step 2: Add Rocks Or Pebbles

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First you add rocks or pebbles to the bottom of a bucket to allow for drainage. Add about 1-2 inches for proper drainage

Step 3: Fit Trash Bag To Bucket

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Open your trash bag and put it in the bucket and figure out how much you will need to cut to Leave a 1" overhang, then with your scissors make a cut to mark it. Now lay the trash bag on the floor and cut a straight line out of the bag next put it back in the bucket and poke out maybe 20 drainage holes

Step 4: Add Soil

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Take your potting soil or other soil and add about 4 to 5 inches of dirt to the bottom of your bucket with the trash bag in it

Step 5: Potatoes

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Now take out your potatoes and place 3 in the bucket on top of the soil, Then add 2 inches of dirt on top

Step 7: 4/9/13

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I've since added dirt enough to cover the entire sprouts twice and then have grown 6" in a covered but not sealed bucket
nanaverm9 months ago
A great way to get a head start on Spring planting, thanks! I like how the 3 plants are "looking out the window, longing to be transplanted outside".
Schmidty1610 months ago
try this if u cut potatoes in half or in fourths they grow better
popa27272 (author)  Schmidty1610 months ago
ill have to try that next season i ended up moving them outside but the white tail deer in my area have grown in numbers and a small herd ravaged all my veggies, ate my corn stalks, all the leaves off my beans, left half eaten cucumbers, cut my tomato plants in half and gnawed off the top of my apple tree sapling i planted this spring. the only things they left me were onions, garlic and my hot peppers. next year ill do an instructable about deer proofing your veggies lol
kretzlord1 year ago
cool, i've been looking for some 'no-space' ways to grow some real food. Thanks for posting
popa27272 (author) 1 year ago
Ya that would have been great, and no I haven't tried holes in the bucket itself, but I used the same container I had my pebbles in to water it so the water level would be at close to the same height of the pebbles in the bucket
joen1 year ago
Are there drainage holes in the bucket itself?
Johenix1 year ago
This would have been a great one for SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!!
Go for it. Grow for it.