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I started out planting my potatoes in the ground. Unfortunately, I noticed that we have a drainage problem and way too much rain this spring and my potatoes never came up. I suspect they rotted from all the water. I decided to re-plant the potatoes but this time to eliminate the drainage problem and grow them in 5 gallon buckets. This allows me to control the soil and also move them around should I need to.

The first thing I did was to get some additional seed potatoes from Burpee Gardening. I then obtained 10 5-gallon buckets from Lowes. They are a lovely blue color! I’m sure my neighbors will be wondering what I’m up to now with these bright blue buckets hanging out in the garden. When I got home, I had to use the hubby’s drill to put drainage holes in the bottom of the buckets. I put in several small ones around the edge and one main one towards the middle.

I filled the buckets 1/3 of the way full with organic garden soil. I added some bone meal and placed the potato in the bucket with the eye facing up.

Bucket 1/3 way full of organic garden soil.
Potato in the bucket with some bone meal sprinkled in.

I then covered the potato up with 3 to 4 inches of dirt. As the potato sprouts up through the soil, I will then add more soil to the bucket to “hill” the potato in the bucket.

Bucket ready to go to the garden!

*Update: After the torrential rains again this past weekend, I was looking at the garden to determine that damage and where I still need to work on drainage issues. I was down where I planted the original potatoes and saw something odd coming up out of the ground. Low and behold – five of those potatoes have sprouted up now. So, I guess I’ll have 15 if all the ones I planted in the buckets come up. Still learning patience in this garden thing – which is hard for a Type A like myself.

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