It Would Have Been Rude Not To

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:14 Oct 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

After heading into town to pick up a light fixture, I had a quick wander around the Warehouse. Just as I walked in, I spotted these. Seed potatoes for $1. Technically speaking, I actually didn't need them, but it seemed wrong to leave such a good bargain behind. They really did need a home to go to, and a bed to lie in. 

Consequently, I now have had to re think my plans as to where everything will go. I don't think I have enough buckets for all these. But we definitely can actually spare a garden in my area. 

I will put some of the determinate varieties (generally early crops) into the buckets, and the indeterminate ones (generally main crops) into the bigger bags, and the garden. The early crops tend to grow more from around soil depth, and a tiny bit above the initial planting zone. The tubers (potatoes) all grow at one level, so mounding up does not make a huge difference with the early crops. For this reason, I generally plant them more in the middle of the bucket and cover in one go. With the later crops, I fill about 10cm, place the potatoes, and then fill about a third of the way. Then fill up as you would in the garden. 

I do wonder at times, whether the different success rate with potatoes in buckets comes down to whether or not people are planting the determinate or indeterminate variety. And for me - sometimes it is a gamble, as I have been known to chuck in random sprouting potatoes from the veggie bin. And there is some possibility that there is a mixture. In theory, you should get a bigger crop in buckets/bags from a later crop, but if you are like me, and want the new baby potatoes for Christmas day, then the early crops is possibly the go to. 

It Would Have Been Rude Not To