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Early Gardening: Growing Potatoes In Baskets

It’s still a little bit chilly outside, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your garden.

potato plants

Photo: Rashad Mammadov/WFIU

To grow your own potatoes, all you need is a basket and some compost. They will be ready to pick and eat in your Fourth of July potato salad.

Around St. Patrick’s Day, I fill up my baskets with potato seeds. You could use any type of basket, whether it’s plastic, terracotta or an old wooden orchard baskets. Fill it up with a nice composted material and add your seed potatoes.

  1. Cut the seed potatoes into little pieces. Make sure each piece has a few of the eyes on it.
  2. Let the pieces dry out for a day or two so they build a moisture barrier.
  3. Plant them eyes up in your compost.

This way of growing potatoes keeps them protected from pests like moles.

Another great thing about this method is the potatoes are so easy to harvest. All you have to do is dump the basket out and you’ll have a bunch of potatoes. Then when you’re ready to make that potato salad for Fourth of July, they’ll be ready.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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