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Growing potatoes indoors. Bucket and container gardening. Use and bucket, deep container or bin to start with. I used a regular storage bin as well as a cat litter box bucket. Don’t forget to wash the cat litter bucket first. Drill holes on the bottom of the bucket with a spade bit. I used a 1/2 in spade bit. Make sure to add sufficient holes on the bottom to prevent soggy soil. Lets talk potatoes! You can order seed potatoes which is basically potatoes that have “chitted” (sprouted), or you can sprout you own. Chitting your potatoes or force sprouting is fairly easy. Have you ever found your kitchen potatoes have sprouted? They like to left in a cool dark place and within time your potatoes will sprout. Don’t use regular supermarket potatoes unless they are organic because grower spray chemicals to prevent them from growing. Besides we don’t want to use pesticide potatoes. Use them whole or you can cut the potatoes down so that each piece of potato chunk has a sprout. If you decide to cut the potatoes you must allow them to callus over and harden up for at least 24hrs. If thrown in the ground like that, they will rot. Now add soil to the base of your container. Only fill about 6in or so as a base. I always add perlite to my soild as this promotes drainage especially for container gardening. Then my fertilizer of choice is worm castings. I love this natural way of fertilizing the soil. I’ll be making a worm bin myself so stay tuned. Add your fertilizer of choice to container and mix. Time to add the potatoes ‘chit’ or eye upwards as this is there the leaves will start to grow from. Cover potatoes with soil and moisten soil with water. Make sure to have a Full Spectrum grow light about the container. When the plant grows and gets taller, time to add soil. Keep adding soil until its under the leaves. This will promote more potato growth through out the container. You should have your first plant sprout within 2 weeks or so. Hope you enjoyed my video!
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