Barrels for potatoes

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Barrels for potatoes

Post by King Pineappl » Tue, 13 Jun 2000 04:00:00



I got the same things to use for strawberries, and nothing is happening. Did
they mention the strawberry version in the letter by chance?


Quote:
> The letter I got from Gardener's Supply said that though they seemed to
work
> for some people, that a lot of others had problems with them.  They
> suspended selling them this season till they figured out why it works for
> some and not for others.

> I called them and they are happy to talk to folks who have used them
> regardless of the results they achieved.  The successful ones seem to have
> been careful to add soil/straw/whatever regularly and early in the season
> and also were careful about watering.  Since they are above ground they
need
> more water.  Seems some folks added layers too late in the season to have
> any potatoes form under the new layers.

> Loki



> > Gardener's Supply in Burlington VT was selling them for use with either
> > potatoes or strawberries: the last I heard they had stopped selling them
> for
> > some reason or another (they didn't work?)



> > > What type of barrels are used for potatoes?  Can you use a plastic
> garbage
> > > can?  Are there any that can be bought?
> > > Thanks in advance.

 
 
 

Barrels for potatoes

Post by loki » Tue, 13 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Well, if they're a vining variety, just a couple of slips
> will be enough. They are likely to overrun the barrel and begin
> rooting wherever they lie in the yard but leave'em, if you can,
> because those will make sweet potatoes, too.
> You may be able to find a Garden shop or feed 'n seed store
> in your area that carries sweet potatoe varieties suited to your
> climate and soil conditions instead of just taking pot luck with
> a grocery store variety as I do. I can do that because I know
> that my climate can accomodate the longest-season varieties.

We have a very long growing season here in St. Louis.  I was
still picking tomatoes at Christmas last year...

Thing is, if I order slips the fewest I can get is about 12.  That
would feed the neighborhood and take my entire garden to
plant!  I was thinking a couple of barrels for sweet potatoes and
a couple for reds and a couple for russets.

That means 4 slips at most.  I think I'll do the grocery store thing...

Loki

 
 
 

Barrels for potatoes

Post by loki » Tue, 13 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Nope.  No mention of strawberries at all but they didn't offer them for that
last year.  I suspect they may be interested in how they work for that
purpose as well.

Loki


Quote:
> I got the same things to use for strawberries, and nothing is happening.
Did
> they mention the strawberry version in the letter by chance?



> > The letter I got from Gardener's Supply said that though they seemed to
> work
> > for some people, that a lot of others had problems with them.  They
> > suspended selling them this season till they figured out why it works
for
> > some and not for others.

> > I called them and they are happy to talk to folks who have used them
> > regardless of the results they achieved.  The successful ones seem to
have
> > been careful to add soil/straw/whatever regularly and early in the
season
> > and also were careful about watering.  Since they are above ground they
> need
> > more water.  Seems some folks added layers too late in the season to
have
> > any potatoes form under the new layers.

> > Loki



> > > Gardener's Supply in Burlington VT was selling them for use with
either
> > > potatoes or strawberries: the last I heard they had stopped selling
them
> > for
> > > some reason or another (they didn't work?)



> > > > What type of barrels are used for potatoes?  Can you use a plastic
> > garbage
> > > > can?  Are there any that can be bought?
> > > > Thanks in advance.

 
 
 

Barrels for potatoes

Post by Terra Viva Organic » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Here's more pics and a description on how to grow potatoes in barrels:

http://www.tvorganics.com/main.cfm?NewsletterID=12&action=showNewslet...
#3

If the link breaks, please cut & paste into your browser.  I agree that if
you're not diligent watering and adding more straw/soil, you'll probably end
up with a  lot of baby potatoes.

Arzeena
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Organic garden seed, natural fertilizers & predatory insects
www.tvorganics.com
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Quote:
> What type of barrels are used for potatoes?  Can you use a plastic garbage
> can?  Are there any that can be bought?
> Thanks in advance.