Since May, when the first little green sprout appeared, I have been watching this planter with avid curiosity of what lay beneath the lush green foliage and soil. Of course, I hoped the thing was chock-full of potatoes, but as I dug them up today, I was pleased with the modest amount that grew. This was our first time growing potatoes. I bought two tubers at our local garden store and due to lack of space, planted them in a tall, narrow pot and placed it in a sunny spot on our patio.
For a planter this size, plant 1-2 potatoe tubers in shallow soil, only filling pot 1/4 full of soil. Keep adding soil every few weeks, as foliage grows.
When green foliage dies and turns yellow, it is time to harvest potatoes. I read that you can wait even longer, since potatoes keep better in the soil than in your kitchen pantry, but since we had a small crop, I thought it was fine to harvest now.
I also harvested what I think is the last of our rainbow chard for the season. We have some kale and a few snap peas left, but temperatures have been dropping fast and our garden is fading. Wishing we would have planted some butternut squash, but didn’t think we had room. Maybe next year!