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sandmankelly

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Inside veggies
« on: November 26, 2010, 01:18:06 PM »

Has anyone ever grown a potato in a potted plant container before? I just planted a potato in a container, inside my house. It is a "Earthbox" container for those who know what that is. It has scotch bonnet peppers, and tomatoes growing in it now.

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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 11:13:51 AM »

I haven't tried that, but when I find a pot deep enough, I'd like to give it a try.  A few years ago, I planted potatoes in a stack of tires (added tires one at a time & brought the soil level up as they got taller) but am still not sure if there are chemicals involved with the tires that aren't good to ingest, so I haven't done it again. My DIL has planted potatoes in straw bales & that was kinda cool, cuz they're easy to harvest, come out clean & the hay can be used for mulch. :ok:

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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 10:11:52 PM »

Well now that I am not running for congress I will try to show up if you are still here. I grow inside my glass house all winter and just decided to try aqua culture with fish! Has anyone tried that?

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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2010, 02:17:06 AM »

I grew all my peppers in planters, sitting in a 5' wide and 4' high window, with a southern exposure. They grew very well, and produced tons of peppers for only 6 plants. I was trying a new to me tomato plant this year. It is called a tree tomato. They only produced a couple of cherry size tomatoes. But this is late November, and they are getting blossoms on them. Now because they are inside plants, I use a que tip to pollinate them. Yes, it takes time and persistence on a tomato plant especially due to the large number of blossoms. But there were a lot of pepper blossoms to. The square looking container is a Earthbox. It is really cool. Basically it has a grate the holds the dirt about 2" off the bottom of the container. Then it has a tube that you pour water down. It has a hole in the planter that only lets the water get to a predetermined height. It keeps the moisture perfect in the planter, IF you remember to add water. Here is a link to the home site.  http://www.earthbox.com/

There are 3 scotch bonnet peppers, and 3 tree tomato's in the box. I planted a spud in the left hand side, just cause I could.



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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 02:08:54 AM »

Patty grew potatoes inside of tires a couple years ago. Maybe she'll chime in and give a report on it.

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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2011, 11:40:43 PM »

Well, 2 months later I finally respond. :loser02: (Sorry about that... I've had a really busy winter!)

I did grow a few Yukon Gold potatoes in a stack of tires, just to see if it would work.  It took them a couple weeks to break ground, then as the plants got taller I added tires & more soil, burying the stems of the plants until just the top few leaves were left exposed. 
           

There was about a month between each layer of tires/soil.
           

I can't find a later photo, but the potato tower went up to 7 layers of tires by harvest time. 
I wasn't very diligent with watering, mainly cuz I was afraid of over-watering.  As it turned out, I under-watered & ended up with very small potatoes.  :eek:

I've heard some controversy about the chemicals in rubber tires possibly leaching into the potatoes, although I haven't done much research on it.  I think that if I were to try a progressive layered potato crop again, a better method might be to build a frame (probably from pallet boards) & rather than soil, I'd use straw.  I've heard that this works quite well.  The plants can't get over-watered because of the good drainage, but they need to be kept moist.  At harvest time, the frame is simply dismantled, allowing the straw to fall away along with clean, healthy potatoes... then the straw is used as mulch.



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Re: Inside veggies
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 03:14:16 PM »

Ya, but I have learned that straw has a tendency to let the water run right through..
You might have to kinda amend it with something.  Not sure what.  Maybe 25% of soil or something.

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