Organic Home Garden plan using containers to grow is a very easy task.
If you are planning a small home landscape, you may consider a little kitchen garden to grow your fresh; and delicious vegetables for your every day's meal.
The potato is a tuberous-rooted perennial, so you can plant them continuously if you have spare rooms.
Growing disease resistance variety will save you plenty of time; and help you to minimize your vegetables gardening problems.
Before you purchase any organic seed potatoes from the store, you may have to consider a few things, such as:
* Select those types of seeds that held minimum one eye. Eyes are buds; you need the buds to sprout; therefore the more eyes the seed contains; the more strong roots it may produce; and the more tubers you will be receiving; if it is healthy.
How to Sprout Potatoes
How to Manage the Young Shoots
A gentle watering may be given; earth-up when the shoots grow taller; take care that the young shoots will not be getting dry; sprinkle very little water everyday, as the evaporation is not great during the winter months and early spring; feed more water when the sun is going stronger.
Last year I thought of getting one kilo (1000g) of seed potatoes. However, my husband brought 2000 grams home. So, I had no choice, I inserted them everywhere around the vegetable raised bed. We had only harvested 10 kilo's of potatoes. It was a total waste!
This year we bought only half, but still excessive. We had harvested ten kilo's of potatoes from one kilo of baby potatoes. The produce should be more if I had enough space for them.
You can grow potatoes in any types of containers, pots, barrels and large bags or plant it directly in the open ground plot.
Growing potatoes in containers is easy and quick. We have "Eigenheimers" Dutch potatoes every year, because we simply love the excellent sweet and floury flavour.
Our winter days are really freezing cold, however, I could not wait to start growing them once I got the seeds in hand. This year we had planted them very early in late winter without sprouting; some were grown in the pots and others were grown in the small grow bed.
"Eigenheimers" potato is a second early variety. It is disease resistance and it often took about 3 months to harvest.
A re-usable 32 cm or 12.5 inch (Height) x 87 cm or 34 inch (Diameter) no hole round container is used to grow these potatoes every year.
How to Prepare the Soil
You can fill a mix of ordinary potting soil and rich organic soil. And add about ten earth worms into the container. They would helped you to generate the organic fertiliser and enriched your soil.
When to Feed Water
You can feed a good water everyday, when the soil is too dry due to the extremely strong sunlight. You can also sprinkle on and off natural chlorine free mineral water and rain water mix.
* Guide them with bamboo sticks (picture 5) so that they will stand straight. Imagine, they were more than 90 cm (about 3 feet) tall and standing in a 70 liters of solid black ground container.
* Cover the soil fully to protect the earth worms from the birds on the day 47 (picture 6&7).
* Remove the covers when the plants were expanded on the day 51 (picture 8).
* On the day 37 the leaves appeared (picture 2).
* On the day 40 the leaves were enlarging (picture 4).
* Potato plants were grown to a bush on the day 57 (picture 9).
* Flower buds appeared on the day 66 (picture 10).
* Plants appeared very wild on the day 69 (picture 11).
* Flowering came on the day 77 (picture 12).
* Harvest day was on the day 102 (picture 13).
During the growth, cover the tubers with soil once it appear on the surface of the ground. The potatoes would turn green when they expose to the light.
Green potatoes are not edible!
If you prefer to eat young potatoes, harvest them immediately when the flowers fall off. If you prefer larger sized of tubers, harvest them after the plant turned yellow and died down; and when they have completed their growing cycle.
Some people said cover the potatoes with 5 cm (about 2 inches) of fine soil after harvest, tubers will bear a second crop. I truly believed it; after I have done a few container water potatoes experiments.
We buy no more seeds in the coming spring as we had enough from this harvest.
Start organic home garden with your favourite vegetable plants in containers?