This article is very special and we are going to dedicate it to the questions that you have been asking us about the topic of how to grow potatoes in barrels. This will be very useful and practical for all those people who like to plant and cultivate , but they do not want to fill their garden with plantations of all kinds.
How to grow potatoes in large barrels
The materials that you are going to need at the beginning are the barrel or the barrels, soil and the potatoes that you are going to plant. The first advice we are going to give you is that the best way to grow potatoes is through a tuber and not through seeds. And you should never plant a tuber that is sick. You also have to bear in mind that this way of growing potatoes in a barrel reduces weeds, fungi and thus eliminates many of the damages of the potatoes.
How to remove 45 kg. of potatoes from a barrel
Now, as for the barrel. If you want to remove 45 kg. of potatoes from a barrel, this has to measure about a meter or so, although if it measures a little over half a meter, the operation can also go well.
Cutting the top of the barrel
At the top of the barrel there is a lid with a hole. This lid you have to remove or cut in some way because it is the place where you put the soil and potatoes.
Making holes in the bottom of the barrel with a drill
Then you have to go around the barrel and with a drill you have to make holes in the bottom of this. These holes will serve for drainage.
The result of making holes
The holes can be made in the form of circles and after finishing with the drill the result has to be something similar to what you see in the photo. After making the holes you have to clean the barrel of the remains and the pieces of the barrel that have been coming out.
Planting and growing potatoes in a barrel with soil
Before planting potatoes, you have to fill the container with about 18 cm. of earth more or less. Then add the potatoes, which is better to cut into cubes. You do not have to press them towards the ground, but add another 18 cm on top of them. of Earth. And in the end you have to water them. A tip for irrigation: potatoes like to have a moist soil. Therefore, you should water them more often and when they start to bloom you have to increase the watering of the potatoes. And you do not have to water the potatoes when they are exposed directly to the sun on days that are very hot, because you run the risk of burning and drying the leaves.
The containers in which we can carry out our potato plantation
So far, we have answered to some extent your question how to grow potatoes in barrels. We have already seen how potatoes are planted and potatoes planted. This type of potato planting can be done in the number of barrels that you want, since the ones you want is to remove 45 kg. of potatoes from a barrel.
The growth of potatoes and the next steps in the plantation
After the cultivation of potatoes, when the plant has reached about 20 cm. of height you have to add another layer of earth that covers about three quarters of the plant. You do not have to add more potatoes. This exercise should be done every time the stem of the potatoes reaches about 20 cm. of height more or less. Another advice on potatoes is that they like the sun a lot and you have to try to offer them that sun, but taking care that the sun's rays are not too much for plants, because they can damage their development.
Everything you need to grow potatoes in barrels
Here you can see all the instruments that you will need and the steps you must follow to grow potatoes.
Wooden containers for growing potatoes
You can also use a wooden container for growing potatoes.
Large stems of potatoes
In this photo you can see the height at which the stems of the potatoes arrive.
How to grow potatoes in large barrels
Taking out the cultivated potatoes
After having answered the question how to grow potatoes, now we have to see the phase of harvesting the potatoes. This stage takes place after about 10 weeks of growth and another of the good things that this type of crop has, is that you do not damage the potatoes with the shovel in the harvest. The plants they will start to bloom and they will turn a yellow color. At this time the potatoes should be ready to harvest.
The potatoes after having grown
The first thing you should do is to dig carefully with your hands to avoid damaging them and to see if the potatoes in the top layer are listed.
45 kg. of potatoes from a barrel
And if they are ready you only have to pour the barrel on a canvas and collect the fruits of your efforts. After all the steps that we have explained you can enjoy some delicious potatoes on your table.
Pouring the barrel with potatoes and earth
Potatoes grown in a barrel with soil
Some potatoes ready to be consumed
Paws ready to be consumed that have grown in a barrel
The food with potatoes
Preparing our favorite foods with the potatoes that have come out of the barrels
Potatoes served on plates to eat
Something exquisite for the palate