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I am excited this year about growing potatoes. I have never grown them before and after seeing fellow bloggers harvests, I have made it a priority to try them this year. I am running out of garden space in my raised beds so I decided to plant my potatoes in my Coca Cola cooler planter box. Last year I planted peppers in this box, and here is that post.
I wanted to plant red potatoes, but the local nursery only had Kennebec seed potatoes so I had to work with what they had. I really hope I get some good potatoes.
Here is the cooler box positioned in front of my little storage shed.
I started by cutting the potatoes into chunks with several sprouts per piece. I waited two days for them to brown over before planting at the advice of the nursery owner.
The cooler had decent soil, and it was filled to the top. I shoveled out all the dirt except for 5 to 6 inches of soil. I spread out the pieces in the cooler, they are spaced 8 to 10 inches
apart. I know that is a little too close, but I wanted to use as many
pieces as possible.
I added an additional layer of soil covering the potatoes. I have read that as the sprouts grow up, you add additional soil around them until your planter is filled to the top with soil. We will see what happens.