OK Gonna try potatoe bags Can I use those bags for Walmart or Pub
I really want to grow a FEW potatoes. I have never grown them before. My son in law took on little red spud from my vegitable bin, chopped it into 3 pieces and in a few weeks we had enought spuds for a big bowl of potatoe salad. I was amazed. He said there was only 3 plants..one from each chunk plant he planted.
I've read about the potatoe bags. I have at least a half dozen of those Walmart bags. Yes, I know they are small but they are also only .50 and I dont know how many Publix bags we have..and I believe in recycling. Can I use them for spuds? If not why? If I can, will someone give me a simple set of instructions.
NEXT, does any one know where I can get some seed potatoes..I would love to have some Yukon Gold and some of those potatoes that are blue on the outside only as well as some that are blue when cut. I went to seed the catologues and they want 10 bucks for 2 lbs..If I bought some or each of the 4 varietes that I want [red ones too] It would cost me 40 dollars, plus shipping and handling.
THAT SHOOTS my spud project right out of the ball park. I only want one of each potatoe variety. 2 at most. I called our local feed store they only have the reds [he responded like he was talking to a crazy women when I asked about blue spuds] and home depot and lowes have none [lol that is why I didn't capitalize them hehe]
The ones my son-un-law [ daughters fiancee] planted were from my produce basket. L and HD have red, yellow and white onions,and scallions, but NO SPUDS
whod a thunk spuds would be so hard to find. lol.
I have called and called looking for some one that has them and will sell them by the pound.
I live between Winter Haven and Lakeland in Auburndale[POLK COUNTY FLORIDA]. If anyone knows where I can buy some little roundish items called potatoes without morgaging my house, please let me know.
FYI...Yesterday I Planted in my self watering buckets, lettuce and carrots, they are close to my door so I can grab them if it get to cold. My plan is to plant a buckful every two or three weeks so I can keep rotating them. I planted each bucket half carrots and half lettuce.
I do admit I have no idea what I am doing.
I emprovised my buckets from a You-tube video that I saw.
THIS IS WHAT I DID.
I cut the top off two, one gallon milk jugs. I stuffed them in the bucket open side down, I took the flavored water bottles with the wide openingS, which I cut off too, [those seem to be a bit heavier then water bottles] I stuffed as many of them as I could upside down in every open space. One bottle I cut only the bottom off and I moved about a half inch up from the bottom [leaving the bottom on gave it more stability] there I cut a wide hole about 3" wide and about4" tall and place into the bucket with that open door face the outer wall of the bucket so the soil had less of a chance of blocking the opening. Once in the bucket, I placed a water bottle upside down into the bottle I just mentioned. I cut the bottom off the extends about a half to one inch above the rim. This is my watering access.
Then I put my potting mixture in slowly shaking the bucket so the mix slipped into the few spaces that were left after filling bucket with bottles. This little bits of soil become my wicking system.
I also added 5 dime size holes in the bucket itself, at the level of the top of the upside down gallon jugs. This will allow any excess water to drain off. I am using Lowes buckets at about $2.50 each, everything else is free and recycled.. 2- gallon milk jugs and about 4 to 6 bottles. I was given a recipe for soil = 7 parts peat, 2 parts perlite and 1 part vermiculite. I am using that also to start my seeds in and it is seems to be doing a great job.
I am a novice at all of this, but my health REQUIRES That I go the bucket route AND my WALLET require that I improvise and be somewhat creative. I am averaging about 4 buckets prepared a week. So far no visable negative results.
I am very grateful for CONTRUCTIVE ADVICE. BUT.. dont KNOCK IT till you try it...
You are ALL [so far without exception] the greatest group of people in this whole country. This is includes the great group in Washington state TOO. Words cannot express the deep appreciation that is in my heart. I have lost 90% of my mobility and all yalls encouragement is what has kept my nose above water. [figuratively speaking] THANKS