A few weeks ago I posted about trying to grow potatoes in a garbage can for the first time. I've never grown potatoes and I've certainly never planted anything in a garbage can. I stole this idea from Marc over at Garden Desk.
Well, just when I was ready to mark this project down as a total failure, I noticed this cute little thing growing in one of the garbage cans. Is this a potato plant? Please say yes!
It looks like my success rate will be really low with this but even if I get one potato out of the deal I'll be jazzed. I only see one plant in the garbage can where I planted the white potatoes. No growth in the one where I planted the sweet potatoes.
Interim Lessons Learned
- Buy seed potatoes early because they sell fast and the grocery store ones are harder to use because they are often sprayed with a chemical to prevent sprouting. (I used Whole Foods Organic ones)
- Plant way earlier.
- Figure out how to protect from squirrels (they've dug up a lot of the potatoes already).
- Figure out how to properly grow sweet potatoes. According to a commenter on a previous post, you can't grow sweet potatoes this way. I don't remember why.
Stay tuned for my July Bloom Day post coming later this evening.