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Planting Potatoes in a Cardboard Box?


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Seems I recall reading in ThriftyFun years ago that any kind of seed potato sets could be planted in a cardboard box filled with dirt, watered, and later in the season harvested by tearing the cardboard box away revealing all of the potatoes that had grown from the potato sets that you had planted in the box. Does anyone remember just how that was done?

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I have the seed red potatoes, but am unsure of what to do. Being an elderly disabled women living in a mobile home park I do not have the ground to plant a garden so this box of home grown potatoes would definitely help me out in food costs. I can keep the potatoes in a burlap bag left to sit in my shed throughout the NC fall and winter months.
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March 6, 20180 found this helpful
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It is very possible to do this. However, when you do this you'll need to put the box into something else. When cardboard gets wet it can start to fall apart.

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If you'd like to plant the potatoes like this then I'd use several layers of cardboard to do this with and make sure you have plastic under the box.

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March 5, 20180 found this helpful

It will be easy to do. Do as you described. Make sure you have some holes on tne bottom for drainage. Put the box on a high enough table so you wont have to bend or strain to tend to it.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

Planting potatoes (and other vegetables) in containers is nothing new but knowing the right way to plant them is mandatory if you want a good crop.

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  • A lot of people like the idea of using sturdy containers instead of cardboard boxes but then everyone has different situations and do not always have access to a certain type.
  • I have even grown vegetables in a sack of Black Cow (very cheap "fertilizer") so almost anything can be used. Maybe even in a bag of potting soil.
  • Cardboard boxes will not hold up as long as other containers so be sure to keep that in mind. Some have suggested lacing large garbage bags in side the box with a large X or some holes in the bottom of the bag so there will be good drainage but that just means the sides would hold together but the bottom would still deteriorate.
  • There are a lot of articles about growing potatoes on the Internet but here are a couple to get you started and maybe the instructions will help you have a good yield.
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  • www.motherearthnews.com/.../grow-potatoes-zm0z07zsie
  • www.gardeningchannel.com/.../
  • www.vegetablegardener.com/.../the-benefits-of-growing-potatoes...
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