Last year I tried planting potatoes. What a fiasco.
I have a small garden, so I planted a few in my small vegetable patch (6 feet by 4 ft) and I tried out the McKenzie’s Potato Planter for the first time. I wanted to try both methods to see which one would work best in a small garden space.
Potatoes in the garden bed quickly took over my space and I couldn’t grow anything else. Potatoes are space hogs. So out they went.
The Potato Planter was very promising at first. In early May, I folded the plastic planter down halfway, added the soil and then the potatoes. Next I covered the potatoes with more soil. I placed the planter on my back door step: a sunny west-facing spot.
The potatoes took off in the planter. As the stems grew, I unfurled more of the planter and added more soil (just like hilling). In early July the potatoes looked amazing.
But then disaster struck. Summer temperatures soared. Even with sufficient water, the potato plants collapsed, never to recover. The planter just became too hot. When I checked the planter for potatoes, there were none.
Potatoes do love growing in the sun…but heat in the root zone will kill them.
If I were to grow potatoes again, I would grow the potatoes in less heat-intense site. And since my whole backyard is hot…