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This looks awesome and simple! My mind is always interested in stuff like this...getting my body to actually do the work and make it happen, however, is another story! lol
 

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Perfect timing as my husband and I want to grow more for ourselves.<br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I do this already...works great but keep on top of the growth...mid summer those plants will grow inches a day and if you don't keep up you run the risk of rotting the stems instead of them sending out a tuber.
 

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How cool! I'm going to try it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Bugger. This would have been perfect for my current garden (too small for potatoes). but unfortunately we are too far into the growing season now..... Next year it is!
 

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I mentioned this to my mom and she says my dad used to grow potatos in bales of hay when I was really little. since I don't have hay, but I've got a few rather large clay and plastic pots, I may give this a shot with sweet potatos.
 

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I need to try this, its seems really cool. I have an old wheelbarrow out back I never use it would be perfect for this.
 

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This looks really cool, I'd love to give it a shot.
 

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If you really want a bunch of potatoes in a limited space:<br>
Get some used tires that are all the same size (any tire store will be happy to give them to you)<br>
Drill holes in the sidewalls so the tire will drain of water when lying on their sides.<br>
Fill a tire with dirt, and plant three potatoes in the middle in a triangle about 4" to a side (this assures that you get a viable plant).<br>
Put another tire on top. Water<br>
When the plants get tall enough so that 6 to 8 inches of the plant will be above the top tire fill it with dirt.<br>
If your season is long enough repeat this process.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Dropkick</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3160406"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you really want a bunch of potatoes in a limited space:<br>
Get some used tires that are all the same size (any tire store will be happy to give them to you)<br>
Drill holes in the sidewalls so the tire will drain of water when lying on their sides.<br>
Fill a tire with dirt, and plant three potatoes in the middle in a triangle about 4" to a side (this assures that you get a viable plant).<br>
Put another tire on top. Water<br>
When the plants get tall enough so that 6 to 8 inches of the plant will be above the top tire fill it with dirt.</div>
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We thought about doing this but I was worried about the soil becoming contaminated from the tires.<br><br>
We did barrels this year. They are growing well so far and we're about to put another layer of dirt over them soon. We got the barrels for free from a guy who makes eco-friendly soaps and he donates them to the boys and girls scouts every year for their rain barrel project that they do around here.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Digger</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3161238"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
How long does a hundred pounds of potatoes keep?</div>
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If stored in a cool dry place should be good till the next season.
 

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<p>I don't have a cool dry place, which is one of the main reasons for me not growing potatoes.  But this looks cool.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Almeria</strong> <a href="/t/132014/grow-a-hundred-pounds-of-potatoes-in-a-barrel#post_3161186"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><br>
We thought about doing this but I was worried about the soil becoming contaminated from the tires.<br><br>
We did barrels this year. They are growing well so far and we're about to put another layer of dirt over them soon. We got the barrels for free from a guy who makes eco-friendly soaps and he donates them to the boys and girls scouts every year for their rain barrel project that they do around here.</div>
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I've read studies on this and used tires don't put out anything that's measurable. So no worries. -I was considering using tires to build a structure near the spring I use for my potable water on my land. Some of the studies I read were about used tires being actually used in water and the CDC and EPA both said it was a safe usage.
 
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