|Some of the potato eyes I used to start my potato barrel. There are red, russet, and purple potatoes for starting. They were cut from store bought potatoes and dried for one day before planting.|
Once the potatoes sprout and are about four to six inches tall the plants will be bury with four inches of soil. This will be repeated until the barrel is full of soil. Potatoes are supposed to grow in each layer of soil, thus filling the barrel. Then the potatoes will be left to grow in the barrel until May or June. Hopefully I can get it to work this winter but we'll see. I already think there may be a problem with the barrel shading much of the soil due to the low angle of the the winter sun. Hopefully, the potatoes will still grow partially shaded. Once the potato plants reach the top of the barrel and it is full of soil, shading will no longer be an issue.