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Grow Dozens Of Potatoes In Three Square Feet!

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How to grow container potatoes the most effective way. I got 50lbs of potatoes in three square feet with very little effort.
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Matty Bo Batty (5 days ago)
You’re just a really hot lil potato 🥔😆
TRACY HARRIS (11 days ago)
this is a awesome video. thanks for sharing.
Seanna Deadwood (22 days ago)
This is good. when growing potatoes, we mound the soil and keep mounding it, so there will be dirt mounds above the ground getting good ventilation. One major factor you need to realize, NEVER set the potatoes in the sun, they will turn green and green potatoes are bad. Good video. OH and Sandy soil grows the best formed and biggest potatoes. We have both kinds of soil here in Idaho.
constance hardin (29 days ago)
Do you think it would work if I put old straw or hay instead of dirt
Survival HT (28 days ago)
Yes I’ve heard of people doing that with good results
DAVID WATSON II (1 month ago)
moses henry (1 month ago)
I didn't see any roots connecting the potatoes to the mother plant(kinda like an umbilical cord) just buried potatoes?
Carl Mathews (2 months ago)
Welcome back. Thanks for sharing. Do think sandy or straw could work?
Ed Bighead (2 months ago)
When adding soil, do you just cover the leaves pr remove them? Rotating barrel may help with lopsided growth. Thx, great video.
Evolution of a Homestead (2 months ago)
I really like the start to finish video, that way i don't have to search for the next part. Great harvest for that space!
Mark Overgaard (3 months ago)
Have you tried using old tires and adding a tire as it grows then filling that tire. When you harvest you pull a tire off, collect the potatoes.
Tracy Porter (4 months ago)
People, the correct term is "soil", not "dirt". "Soil" is a growing medium with percentages of mineral, organic matter, water, oxygen and macro/micro nutrients. "Dirt" is filth or grime. Otherwise, excellent series of videos on straw bale and barrel gardening.
Pseudo Nym (4 months ago)
Wow. You're strong. You tip out all those spuds? That whole barrel? 😮
Pseudo Nym (4 months ago)
You're a sexy potato 😘
Pseudo Nym (4 months ago)
I'd definitely plant my spuds
Mihku Paul (5 months ago)
I would never grow food crops in cinder blocks or cement blocks. You may well be ingesting toxic substances and not even know it. By the time you had any symptoms of illness you would have a serious level of exposure.
mute Vosburg (5 months ago)
Great video i needed to see this I'm getting ready to plant some. Is horse poop ok?
Pamela L. Green (5 months ago)
I was wondering where do you get those barrels at?
daisy gurl (5 months ago)
Phenomenal job! What a difference in those tomatoes! Thank you so much for sharing your project. I am getting excited for the upcoming season! Be Blissed!
Maine NOVI (5 months ago)
Man ur a little dynamo sweetie
Johnny4ME2U (6 months ago)
We always grafted our plants as they grew taller, so they would grow more roots = a hell amount of potatoes.
Gary Brown (6 months ago)
Instead of adding more dirt just add straw
Srinivasan Padmanabhan (7 months ago)
Nice project..Great harvest..How many seed potatoes did you put in that barrel ?
Speedy Low (7 months ago)
We are watching you from all around the world. For exemple I am from Romania. Our wish is when you talk about units of measurement like the surface to speack in international measurement system. We know the meter and liter not feet. By the way congratulations for what you are doing.
Jenson Rozario (7 months ago)
awesome work ....
nig scot (9 months ago)
to do this for potatoes use tyres,free draining and easy to stack..
tannenbaum (9 months ago)
The ones that rotted with just the skin left are the mother potatoes.
Survival HT (9 months ago)
+tannenbaum makes since
tannenbaum (9 months ago)
The potatoes close to the inside wall will turn green because barrel let's light through - put a black plastic bag around it, or paint it dark.
Steven DeCoster (10 months ago)
all I hear is a lispe
Genesis W (7 months ago)
Michael Zlab (10 months ago)
Very Nice!! I have had pretty good success with this method also. You might consider getting molasses lick half barrels from a feed store. I have been using them and they are easier to empty and work with.. And work well with other veggies too!!
3Sphere (1 year ago)
I'm amazed. How does a young lady like this become so experienced and knowledgeable? Must be in her blood and deep in her family too. Obviously someone very knowledgeable mentored her but you can see that she has done her own research too and thought things out for herself. Very impressive. No nonsense, just the pure stuff. Very grounded and poised with such economy of movement and thought. A lot of her ideas have been around in various forms for years but she puts it to practice and works out the kinks. Bravo! I learn a lot watching these videos and what's more, they are very inspiring. I tend to look down upon the newest generations as superficial and shallow in their context and knowledge base- especially city kids. It's a modern plague actually. But this girl has her feet planted firmly on the ground. It is a very satisfying experience watching these videos on many different levels. Thanks! I learn a lot!
Barb Oetter (1 year ago)
Thank you!! Can't wait to try your techniques.
1stBumbleBeeMaster (1 year ago)
Try this, you will be totally amazed. Get a cheap plastic dustbin a 100 liter is fine. Drill a circle of drainage holes. Put 2 inches of sharp sand or gravel. Now put some well rotted manure on top of the sand/gravel. Rabbit droppings would be awesome. sprinkle somme epsom salts on the top. about a table spoon. now put a thin layer of barley straw about inch or so. Now place some seed potatoes all the way around about 4 inches apart. Make sure they got some good sprouts on them. Now fill with soaked barley straw to about 8 inches from the top of the bin. so you have a thinck layer covering your potatoes about a foot and half or so. Now put a layer of leafy compost on the top so its about an inch from the top. Dont worry your potatoes will send shoots all the way through the straw producing roots and potatoes along the way, This is by far the most high yeilding method I know of apart from the no dig method where you just throw about 2ftt of straw over the top of them. Youtube search No Dig Potatoes and that guy has millions of them haha I know it works 100% Best part is you dont get slug holes in this method. Ask any one who has tried it. I think I will post a video in the fall.
very nice video. I appreciate that you took it from beginning to end. so I just subscribed and look forward to learning from you. Thanks💚
George Senda (1 year ago)
Years ago I cut a potato in half and planted it in this big clay pot. I got 12 small potatoes from it. It was under a window in our flat in San Francisco. - I grew catnip & cherry tomatoes in pots in my apartment window in Oakland, Ca.
Monna Kendrick (1 year ago)
Miranda-how do potatoes do in Straw Bales? Do you condition the same? I'm having such a hard time finding info on this.
William Ashburner (1 year ago)
and strawberries we used 44gallan drum cut slots in them and pushed the top of the slots in and used the bottom for the strawberries to hang off the side and it off the ground
William Ashburner (1 year ago)
we used old tires on top of each other
Roger Smith (1 year ago)
In the old days they would use worn out tires and stack them when it was time to add dirt. When it came time to harvest, remove one tire at a time and take what you need. You can also make wooden boxes out of cedar and stack them. It makes harvesting alot easier. Great video BTW.
Gary Nolen (1 year ago)
that's a really good idea beautiful and do u have a boyfriend
Roy (1 year ago)
For feeding 2 Adventist dormitories in the 60's, we just plowed furrows in the field, laid the cut potatoes in a six inch deep trench and top dressed with straw and barn mulch; even between the rows. Easy Peasy, no weeds easy picking, no mud on your boots, relatively clean potatoes. They mostly grew between the soil and the mulch. 600 row feet the last time we did it. We added a bit of saw dust from our wood heating operation for the girls dorm.
Lisa Lisa (1 year ago)
what was your soil mix??? Excellent harvest!!
the gator (1 year ago)
Kevin LoGiudice (1 year ago)
Why are you so smart?
nice!! 👍 good cropping!!
Crafty The Barber (1 year ago)
just terrific !! love your videos.
VAN MINGO (1 year ago)
OMG, I didn't know she passed away.
VAN MINGO (1 year ago)
good harvest. do you plant okra?
its me (1 year ago)
god you are gorgeous
Brad & Tiff Morgan (1 year ago)
would the root cellar idea work in a garage that may or may get to freezing during the winter?
david storm (1 year ago)
How long did it take for the potatoes to reach top of barrel after you started at bottom? Love all of you guys many years of various topic videos.
Edwin Lockwood (1 year ago)
By cutting large squares in the barrel,starting with the bottom and then alternate just like your strawberry one,but then lining the bottom and inside of the barrel with 1/4 inch mesh will allow better air curculation to the soil.
RarazJewel 69 (1 year ago)
I recently subscribed a week ago & I read a comment here stating that this woman has transitioned. Have u passed on young spirit??? Say it ain't so😔
Genesis W (7 months ago)
Her most recent video was posted in November. I saw that comment too, but it was longer ago than that, so I'd say it's not true. :)
Munchie Moonwalker (1 year ago)
it is sad that this woman is now dead may she rest in peace she will be missed forever
chieffan88 (6 months ago)
Mrs K no
Mrs K (1 year ago)
What? Are you serious?! 😢
Rob S (1 year ago)
Excellent video, thank you.
Frank Scales (1 year ago)
if you have nettles around you garden put the nettles in a bucket of water for 2weeks , just add the bucket of water nettles on to your spuds , a better harvest will insue. good luck
RANDOLPH TORRES (1 year ago)
Nice harvest. I began experimenting with containers a few years ago and had varied success rates for several reasons. First was I needed to get them in about 4 to 6 weeks earlier than I was told. Set them out earlier last year and got better results. I'm definitely sold on the container method because I can place them in areas that aren't suitable for tilling as a garden leaving the garden space for other things. They are also easier to harvest. I have several old injuries that hurt like fury when I try to dig taters out of the ground. Tried 5 different species last year and found some did better than others. Will be doing it again but recording my findings this time. Will also be adding a bit of sand and checking PH as well. Thanks.
Starali Mistriel (10 months ago)
Please post the better species that you found. Very interested for my school's garden! Thank you!
James E Powers (1 year ago)
You have the very best tutorial on straw bale gardening on YouTube. Thanks for sharing.
inblik65 (1 year ago)
Last year I experimented with a couple of welded wire tomato cages I had left over. they are maybe 20" across. I'd read about potato towers not producing because of the pH being off. I used dried grass from when we cut down our maiden grass as the liner around the outside to keep the dirt in, heaped the soil in and put the seed potatoes on. Then as they grew I added dirt of course but I added peat moss in each layer and WOW did get potatoes! In two towers that were, as I said about 20' across and only about 15' tall because I ran out of maiden grass I had more potatoes than shown in this video. Try some peat next year and see how that does for you.
John Larkin (1 year ago)
Survival HD......Loved the video, your a natural teacher, bad back ground noise! Have you ever seen The Edom Projects ? Southampton UK
Oneda Zinn (1 year ago)
Nice size taters :) Good job!
Nelressa Faye (1 year ago)
How long did you wait?
HalfMoon (1 year ago)
Awesome video. Totally going to try it. steak, potatoes and eggs..yup
River rat (1 year ago)
looks like you have some purslane to go with them potatoes in there.
Alfredo Gomez-Beloz (1 year ago)
Hi! Great video. My question is: can you use vermiculture in conjunction with growing the potatoes? I liked the method you described in your other video using vermiculture.
timothy lamberson (1 year ago)
A frend of mine has dun this for years with chiken wire he makes it in a serkal like you but he starts it in dert then grass clipings or straw and keeps changing dert grass and he never had rot he got a Bushal or more on Each one allwas had the Bigest potatos
undercoverneunzehn (1 year ago)
You are a rolemodel for the young women out there. It's nice to see that there are beautiful women out there that do something of worth for society and don't just go shopping and want to have a good time.
john puterbaugh (1 year ago)
I've done similar but instead of a barrel I used several tires one on top of another and just took the top tire off as I need the potatoes and worked my way down from tire to tire a lot easier than digging them out
Sagans Run (1 year ago)
only problem with that his the old tires have bad chemicals in them that can be picked up by the plants and into the potatoes.
cardinia1 (1 year ago)
great share and running commentaries young lady keep growing great ptatoes and stuff
LL Mcbee (2 years ago)
Great idea, but I wonder how well you could do using the air pruning method on this? All it would take is bigger holes and some landscape material. I use this method on all my container plants now and they seem to do really well.
Jacob R (2 years ago)
I could go to my local grocery store and get twice that for 2.99 ..........lmao
Genesis W (7 months ago)
Also, at the grocery store, you have such a limited selection of potatoes. There are hundreds of varieties out there to try. Why be limited only to what will survive a journey from a commercial grower to the store? All you have to do is keep a few back to replant next year, and your cost has gone from a few bucks for the seed potatoes down to absolutely nothing, and I KNOW that I didn't use any chemicals on them AND taught my kids a thing or two about where their food comes from.
Skillman Homestead (1 year ago)
you are stupid. potatoes drink chemicals. these are organic and have the best taste. you cannot buy organic potatoes cheaper than growing them yourself and this is not a lot of work. unless you are super lazy. isn't just the experience and learning of growing and feeding yourself priceless?
Jessalauren Bronner (1 year ago)
These are more expensive because they're organic she can sell these at the farmers markrt and she would make a good chunk. Also these are natural the rest are modified. Taste a grocery strawberry vs an organic home grown strawberry nothing compares. I would rather eat everything organic but it is expensive.
Mario Maldonado (2 years ago)
why don't you, lazy people like you like to criticize, she is doing a wonderful job and the best part is the feeling of growing it yourself and organic!! but you are the type of people that like to eat food full of shit!!
Da MunstaH (2 years ago)
Most people don't do this because of cost. They do it because the food tastes better. Furthermore people don't want to eat the insecticides, pesticides and commercial fertilisers which are commonly found at the supermarkets, some of these chemicals are cancerous, make you lazy and lower your IQ.
Steve Hughes (2 years ago)
another great video. I tried planting 90 day to maturity variety and then put 60 day to maturity on top as I built the soil up to double the harvest for the same area and time.
FuddyDuddy99 (2 years ago)
Great idea and presentation ! I like your idea about the sand at the bottom to allow for better drainage.
Rick LaRock (2 years ago)
I hope the potatoes that are next to edge of the barrel don't turn green on you
geminihunter (2 years ago)
can't place that accent
RobinHood9124 (2 years ago)
I would like to try growing potatoes this way so I have a few questions. How many seed potatoes did you plant and how far from the bottom did you plant them? When you add dirt to the barrel do you cover the plants (green part above soil)? Nice video. Thanks for your help.
Survival HT (2 years ago)
Always leave some green above soil. Start with about 8inches of soil. I put about 7-8 seed slips in mine
JuniorOutdoorsMan (2 years ago)
you need to use indeterminate potato varieties
mdspider (2 years ago)
Just found your channel. Right in time to grow in the garden. Thanks.
Jesse Cain (2 years ago)
Try this same thing with 6 T-Posts and four wood pallets. Then at harvest pull a pallet off the side to get the taters.
Sagans Run (1 year ago)
Jesse Cain -- I'm considering the pallet recycling too. there are several supply stores that Have tons of pallets the need to get rid of. they don't appear to have been treated because they are for short term use. using T-posts for stability then work your way up.. could use . some shredded straw or hay.. or old used hay bales from previous hay bale growing .
Nerion, Espy Of Wolves (2 years ago)
why were more white potatoes grown than red potatoes?
Carol Lopez (1 year ago)
• Tensakuma "Tendro" Kadro : did you mean to ask if the whites were more productive than the reds? ?? interesting question.
Tremayne Chetty (2 years ago)
that was great! im gonna give it a go....thank you :) will let you know how it goes
Michael Nowak (2 years ago)
GREAT VIDEO!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SuperSaltydog77 (2 years ago)
Last month I watch a bunch of growing potato vids using a tall growing container and none of them seemed to do very well, but I'm not saying that yours won't work out. I grow in equal parts of potting soil, sand, peat moss and sawdust. You can add a couple of shovels of garden soil just for the microbes in the soil. Hills about 12 inches tall, 18 inches wide, and as long as you want to make it. Since potato's are grown in the dirt as any other root crop the soil needs to be as soft and fluffy as possible. You did far better than a lot of the others did.
Genesis W (7 months ago)
I've recently found out that it matters what type of potato you use. People who are trying to go with an early variety won't get a tower full of potatoes. They will get a wad at the bottom and practically nothing on top. You have to use a late-season variety. I can't remember where I read this, but I'm certainly going to try it.
JodiLove Jarvis (2 years ago)
Thank you for this video - I do appreciate your taking the time to show the "whole picture" from start to finish ! Good discussion going on below as well :) I am a new subscriber and enjoying all the Great Encouragement to expand garden/animal ideas this year. Working my way through your videos!
Matthew Bodin (2 years ago)
Love your videos. From planting to growing to cooking... <3
Danae (2 years ago)
in w. va. we used to get volunteer potatoes and cukes in our compost. zukes too. where are you located?
Larry Schultz (2 years ago)
Good job sweetie!
Z71Ranger (2 years ago)
The rotted ones was the seed potato...
mike g (2 years ago)
Good video have you ever tried SuperThrive its a super concentrated plant based fertilizer. supposed to double the size of everything
Survival HT (2 years ago)
No never tried it
Juliet Berry (2 years ago)
I am growing potatoes & always start with a good layer of chip bark for drainage & allow the roots to grow freely whether in a barrel or in the ground. As well as dirt, you could add straw of any broken down compost to keep the soil light.
Ed Wired (2 years ago)
Ever grow potatoes in a straw bale?
Mary Klante (2 years ago)
Thank you for the good information. I have been wanting to try this for a while. But I was thinking the same thing that if you don't not have the right drainage you'll end up with rot. I'll have to try this when we warm up here in MN.
Shari King (2 years ago)
Have you tried growing potatoes in the straw bales?
Survival HT (2 years ago)
I haven't but I've read that they grow great in them. That would actually be a cheaper method for filling the barrel
Hannah Daniel (2 years ago)
imallearsru (2 years ago)
I had a veggie garden but always grew the potatoes in containers and what I did was similar to this video. Except on the bottom I put a shallow layer of gravel and covered it with a layer of landscaping fabric, on top of that I'd put a few pieces of natural charcoal (NOT the briquettes), never had a rot problem.
kleinjahr (2 years ago)
Tip. Make a sifter to separate potatoes and dirt. Simplest is a frame with 1/4 inch hardware cloth/screen tacked to it. Pretty much the same as a compost sifter.
Steve Bryan (2 years ago)
Beautiful and smart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SurvivalistWannabe (2 years ago)
Michael Kirchberg (2 years ago)
This is great.. I happen to have space, so thgats not an issue, Iam wondering how well potates may do in straw bails in Florida ?
Michael Kirchberg (2 years ago)
thats great ,, thank you Ill give it a go and offer feed back to the group on the results.  happy Planting.  <smile>..
Survival HT (2 years ago)
I've heard they do really well in them. Especially older more broken down ones
Sarah Cron (2 years ago)
awesome! love your videos

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