This year, I plan to test out the “Spud Barrel” method of growing potatoes. If you have never heard of a spud barrel, this is essentially a process of growing potatoes in a barrel (or trash can, a stack of old tires, or some other type of cylindrical object) and filling it with new soil as the potato plant grows higher. Once the growing process is complete, you tip it over and – VOILA! – you are rewarded for your efforts with pound upon pound of potatoes. Or so I’m told.
I haven’t tried this method before, but I have considered it. I seems entirely reasonable and considering my limited growing space, I like the idea of using containers that I can place pretty much anywhere.
If you have limited space, don’t want to give up garden area for potatoes, or if you just like trying new ideas, the “Spud Barrel” might be something you’d like to try, too.
An excellent description of the process can be found here: http://www.weidners.com/spud_Barrel.htm
Mother Earth News has a good article on how to grow potates in a barrel as well: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/1980-03-01/Taters-in-a-Barrel.aspx
I’ll report on the spud barrel as the project progresses.