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Growing Your Own Potatoes

You don't need several acres of land to grow your own food. In fact, according to Chef Orr, all you need is a basket and some compost to grow your on potatoes!

potatoes

Photo: Rashad Mammadov/WFIU

Growing potatoes in baskets protects them from moles and other critters.

a handful of potatoes

Photo: Rashad Mammadov/WFIU

You don’t need several acres of land to grow your own food. In fact, according to Chef Orr, all you need is a basket and some compost to grow your own potatoes!

  • Take any type of basket – plastic, terracotta, wooden, etc.
  • Fill with compost
  • Cut seed potatoes into pieces (each piece should have a few eyes on them)
  • Let them dry out for a few days so they develop a moisture barrier
  • Plant them eyes up in the compost

Growing potatoes in baskets like this protects them from moles and other critters.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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  • cigale

    I grew some potatoes this year in some black fabric potatoes bags. Some were Yukon gold and the flowering kind. These potatoes were doing great until the torential rains came in June to Florida. I lost half the crop but what i saved was fantastic.

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