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Day 64 --

Monday, 11 Jun 12 Storms 29°C / 84°F

All three buckets have flowered, and now have strong stems and leaves. There is a little browning around the edges but no major damage.

I have added an 1" of compost to the top of each bucket, which resulted in compacting the soil a little after watering.

Estimated date to maturity is 80-100 days so I guess I will just continue to provide water and sun.

I am afraid to dig around and look for potatoes so at this point it is just a waiting game.

  • Biggest difference is buckets 1 and 2 have more vegetation and also have the most compost as opposed to shredded leaves in bucket 3.

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Day 64

Potato 'Red Pontiac'

Solanum tuberosum

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  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    They’re looking good! Is this a special ‘project’/experiment of your’s …..growing potatoes in buckets. I look forward to your harvest.

    Posted on 13 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Cherokee_Motley

    Cherokee_Motley wrote:

    I never thought I would grow potatoes, I literally picked up a 10lb bag today for $4.80. Why grow something when I can get it for so little.

    But I was visiting my in-laws and their neighbor was growing potatoes. It looks interesting, it looked cool, and he told me it was really easy. So I was hooked 50%. Then I started checking out all the heirloom potatoes I could grow, especially purple and blue. I made the decision to grow them but then hit a snag…. “What do you mean I can’t use the same soil year after year?” I have a small garden, I don’t rotate crops now. However, something about potatoes scared me and I wasn’t going to lose valuable gardening space.

    A quick Google / YouTube search and I was introduce to the concept of growing potatoes in containers. My first year was a total bust, maybe 8 tiny potatoes total. But they tasted incredible. Over the winter months I researched as much as I could and voila! Potatoes in buckets….

    Harvest should be less then 30 days away….

    Posted on 13 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

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