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    p54jes is offline Seedling
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    Default spuds in a pot.

    Hello ,
    Just wondering which type to grow in a large plastic bucket in garden . Any info on the soil/compost mix and feeding would be a great help.

    Many thanks ,

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    shirlthegirl43 is offline Gardening Guru
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    Pembrokeshire, South West Wales


    If you search for container on the vine, you will get lots of threads which cover growing in pots. I have done spuds in buckets the past two years, total loss last year due to blight but the year before I had great success with different varieties. Choose a spud you like to eat, if you are growing in a bucket it won't matter if it is from the shops rather than an official seed spud. I plant one spud per 10litre flower bucket. Drill holes in the bucket for drainage and add a layer of broken crocks or gravel to aid draining. Then put in a couple inches of general purpose compost or garden soil - whatever you have to hand, some manure (well rotted farmyard stuff or pelleted chicken manure - again whatever you have - you can buy special spud fertilizer too), stick your spud in and cover with a few inches more compost. Water when it is dry and earth up as the leaves grow (leaving the top leaves in the daylight) until the container is full. Allow to flower and foliage to die back (this will depend on spud type) then tip out and enjoy.
    Happy Gardening,

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    lainey lou is offline Early Fruiter
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    Redstocks, Wilts


    I grew 1st earlies and salad spuds in containers last year, had a great crop and they were delicious.
    Imagination is everything, it is a preview of what is to become.

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    NSB is offline Tuber
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    As Shirley said there are loads of info on potatoes in containers I got loads of information from it.

    I looked into this and ended up buying metal mesh waste paper bins from the local 1 shop and I'm going to wrap newspaper inside to stop the soil coming out and to add a bit of warmth for it.

    I chose Charlotte, Lady Crystal and another variety which I cant remember the name!

    I havent tried it before but thats part of the joy the experiment!. Good luck

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    sweetcorn is offline Sprouter
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    North Cotswolds


    I grew some Charlottes in an old compost bag last year, but just used bought compost - must've been the most expensive potatoes we've ever eaten, but they were delicious! I didn't weigh them, but from 3 seed potatoes, we had a good 3 meals, but that's all. I have had an allotment, but now have raised beds in my garden, and didn't want to take up space with spuds in my beds.

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    Potatoes in containers are great. We've done that two years running now, and grew
    1st Earlies last year. The most flavoursome variety by far was 'Rosevaal' a waxy red-skinned one absolutely bursting with flavour.
    Definitely one I shall be growing again in the future.
    Very good luck with your containers....

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