This was my first time ever growing potatoes and I chose to try to grow them using the garbage can method. I have been waiting all summer long, wondering just how many potatoes would be growing in there. I had heard some people were able to get 25 lbs of potatoes from just a few potato seeds.
I planted around 5 little red potato seeds. And then added dirt as the plants grew upwards.
Here is the video of me harvesting the potatoes. Hope you enjoy!
If you can’t see the video – just click here to watch it.
I got 10.8 lbs. of potatoes..say what?
Yeah, it wasn’t 25 lbs like I had read online.
Maybe I was supposed to wait a while longer to let the potatoes keep growing. I did read that you are supposed to wait until ALL the plant tops die down, not just one of them. Oops! I tell you, I didn’t want to wait any more though. I just wanted to hold those potatoes in my little hands. Patience..yeah, I need more patience.
It was a lot of fun to harvest them though.
How To Harvest Red Potatoes in a Garbage Can
Lay out a nice big tarp, then dump the garbage can full of potatoes on the tarp.
Sort and dig until you have found all your potatoes. Rinse them off gently and harden them for a day before storing.
To harden off your potatoes just layer them in a dry place for a day or so. Then store them in a dark cool place.
If I would have gotten 25 lbs. of potatoes I might have created some sort of storing device (I hear newspaper shreds are a great way to store them). But instead I will be keeping them in my pantry to use up in the next few months.
Was it worth the cost and time?
I think I paid like $3 for my seed potatoes and spent $5 on a bag of soil (since I live in the city and don’t have a ton of extra soil just sitting around). I spent $8 for my 10 lbs of organic potatoes. Now one thing to consider is that potatoes are usually one of the products that you should buy organic because of the amount of pesticides in them – aka part of the dirty dozen. You can usually buy organic potatoes for around $1.00 per pound, so for pesticide free it was worth the cost. But if you are not into organics then you can buy non-organic potatoes for less.
So what do you think? For those of you who have planted potatoes in a garden, are the yields usually more than this for 5 seeds? Should I try to grow potatoes in the garden instead next year?