You can make a homemade potato planter simply out of an old laundry basket and burlap. Planting potatoes in laundry baskets saves space and is virtually hassle free. Plant one seed potato in each laundry basket and plant the potatoes 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost for the best yields. Let the potatoes grow until the plants die back, then your potatoes should be ready to harvest. A laundry basket grown potato plant can produce anywhere from a few potatoes up to a few pounds of potatoes.
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Things you need
- Laundry basket
- Plastic bag
- Sulphur powder
- Seed potatoes
Line a laundry basket with a sheet of burlap. Tape the edges of a sheet of burlap to the edges of the laundry basket. Lay a 2- to 3-inch layer of soil and compost in the lined laundry basket.
Place the seed potatoes you are going to be using in a plastic bag with 1 to 2 tbsp of sulphur powder. Shake the bag to cover the potatoes with the sulphur powder to help protect them from rot. Set a seed potato in the basket and cover it with soil.
Water the seed potato until the soil is moist. Add a layer of soil to simulate a hill. Make sure that the potatoes are covered with soil at all times.
Tips and warnings
- Potatoes that are exposed to the sun can turn green. Do not eat green potatoes because they can be hazardous to your health.
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