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so i was thinking of growing potato's in a container since i live here in Colorado. now i have read to use a 5 gallon bucket for this. but i am curious is there any sort of contain that is preferred for indoor growing of potatoes?

a home depot 5 gallon mixing bucket...or a 50 gallon trash can perhaps?
 
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The best system I have found goes like this... Start your potatoes in a tire half filled with soil and just cover them. Add more soil as the potato plants grow so that you keep the stems pushing up toward light continually. After the stems stick out a few inches from the first tire, add a second tire and keep filling. Do the same with that one until the plants poke out at the top of it, then add a third tire, etc. I wouldn't go more than 4 tires high or it might fall over, but that is pretty high anyway. You could even cluster several stacks together so they support one another. If you make a lighter soil -- say mixed with straw or sawdust -- it is lighter and easier to work with. At harvest time, just remove the tires one at a time and pull out potatoes as you need them. No digging! This can be done with nothing but straw or sawdust as well -- as long as the bottom tire has soil. Then when you harvest, the potatoes aren't even dirty. If the idea of ugly black tires bothers you, you can always wrap something around them to make them prettier.
 
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I just use heavy plastic sacks for first earlies - roll the sack down punch a few holes for drainage, put in about 4" of soil compost whatever, then add 3 seed potatoes cover with compost . Keep topping up the bag unrolling it as you go. Harvest by removing potatoes without killing the plant

you can just buy a bag of compost open one end roll the top so it stays open push in 3 seed tubers and leave - no topping up or anything 1st and 2nd earlies will yield well, and can be harvested as they grow . I get the bags of compost for free from Home Depot type stores at the end of the season "because they're past their sell by date" !!! Only down side to growing indoors now is how thirsty the plants are
 
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Planning on doing burlap sacks and rolling them up. After a ground level of soil, putting straw inside to do the "earthing up".
I did it last year, but it was too shady. Got one small potato (cry). Going to do it on a much larger scale and in the sun.

I'm not comfortable with tires or train ties. That's just me.

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wire surround with hay and dirt at the bottom, aka a potato cage...

old tires stacked w/ substrate at the bottom..

hay bales that been innoculated with urine over a period of a few months..

all have worked well for me.

peace -
 
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