How to Grow Potatoes in a 5 Gallon Bucket (Part 1 of 2)

I’ve had a lot of folks asking me I’ve watched your potato video series and really liked it but my question is Can we grow potatoes and five gallon buckets the answer is yes? And we’re going to walk through that process today. See you back in a few okay, this is a pretty easy process and We started out just the same as we do as we talked about on our first potato Series, so be sure and watch that series because it gives you a lot more comprehensive instruction on how to do this It’s just this is the same thing only holding much smaller scale then 20 gallon Tubs We’re going to only use [5] gallon bucket so we start out with [our] seed potatoes And I put them in my little egg crates like I always do and I keep them in a [dark] kind of warm place Until they start to chit and as you can see the chit’s have grown to where they’re about at least 3/4 of an inch long and whenever we get chits up to that size Then we’re ready to go as long as the night time temperatures are 45 degrees and above Second step in the process is you need to select yourself some 5 gallon buckets that are food grade quality BPA-Free, and the way that you know that some of them put it brought on the bucket when you get on it it tells you their food grade buckets and you can go to like a bakery or a Grocery store to get some buckets full of pickles like at a Deli or something they’ll give you the pickle buckets Any buckets that came with food in it. You know, it’s pretty safe [go] to the bakery and they have five gallon buckets full of icing you got clean all the icing out of course you can do It the old-fashioned way Or you can wash [it], but anyway, they’re good buckets, [too] Another thing to look for is if you look on your buckets closely you’ll see the recycle code right [there] see that triangle on there and It says HDPE underneath it and there’s a 2 inside of that triangle That means the number 2 with the HDPE that’s food quality That’s what you want to look for is that number two on your containers we don’t want any leaching of any products that we’re in these that if you ever had anything other than food in it or for example a bucket full of paint thinner You don’t want to use that bucket ever even if you clean it just just don’t risk it. So you want to use something That’s never had anything in it, and if it did have something in it it was food, or it has this tomb on there? So here we go to get ready to put in our Seed potatoes. I’m going to mark my bucket just to show you how we do it I’m going to make a mark right [here] at [four] inches This is going to be the level that I fill it up to and I put my seed potatoes in Then I’m going to cover those seed potatoes six inches deep which gets gets me up here to ten inches. So there’s my fill line This will be where I put my seed potato This is where I Fill it up too, and when that’s when that [chit] is sitting in here, and it this [chit] right here Grows all the way up and breaks the surface this will be the green point right here Once it hits there there will be no more Potatoes form all the potatoes will form from here all the [way] to the bottom so there’s your growing growing area of Potatoes now when these potatoes get on up and they get past the top of the bucket here I will fill the bucket up with more soil until I get to the very top of this rim which leaves me about Approximately an inch and a half two inches on the top So when I water it has a lip up here to catch the water like a water basin and let it sink through Okay, and then we’ve got the holes drilled We want to drill Plenty of holes I put five holes in each container And I want this water when I when I water these potatoes. I want it to fall through We want it to fully drain You don’t want to have your potato sitting in the bottom of the bucket and remain totally saturated in water and wet or they will rot so it’s better to let this stuff completely drain out and Then rewater the next day let it go all the way out. If it stays wet. It’ll rot and that’s [disappointing] So that’s pretty much the basics on the bucket. We’ve got the potatoes covered the next step is I Make up my mix that. I’m going to put in the bucket now I do the mix with a combination of three elements the first element is the topsoil [I] put about one third of the wheelbarrow full of topsoil and I get whatever is on sale the cheapest topsoil I can get the second element is I add in Dry compress peat and I add it up about another third of [the] wheelbarrow so now I have two thirds of the wheelbarrow full And the last element that I add in is black cow cow manure That finishes up the remaining third, so now I have three equal parts Topsoil compressed peat and Black kow cow manure and I blend it all together with my shovel Makes a good mix make sure it’s thoroughly mixed, and that’s what I’m going to use all right We’re at the fun part where we get to play in the dirt. I got the bucket ready I’m going to add that first level of soil at the four inch mark, so I put in the soil Let’s see the mark right [here]. That’s about where we’re at. It. Doesn’t have to be exact, but pretty close there’s my first level now I pick out my My seed potatoes. I’m looking for the best Chit, I can find These are two fine boys right here now see how small. They are move bing bing. I I got two potatoes you want to smell it [okay], it’s not food. It’s not a french fry yet I put the potato in With the chits, pointing up and I put it in two of them at about that size I don’t want to crowd this thing with too many seed potatoes or I won’t get a good Tuber development So right there as you [can] see how I got those two in there. That’s about all you need Next step is I cover those [up] until I get to that other level that the top level See the level right there, and we’re right about there,so there it is now I’ll take it over to the to the grow table we’ll set it up with the other taters, and we’ll water it in real good and we’ll come back in the days ahead and fill this up and monitor the progress Okay, we got our buckets over on the tator table And I want you to take a special attention to what I’m [doing] on These buckets when I set them out to grow I don’t set them on the ground like that [I] always have them lifted up So the bucket itself is off of the ground like this because if it’s sitting down here Then that’s where ants can come in through the hole bugs can come in through all kinds of problems And it doesn’t allow your bucket to drain correctly it blocks the drain holes so if I put it up here and raise it up where it’s off of the ground [I] get excellent drainage and I’m It makes it a little harder for the ants and other bugs to get into them. So here. We are. We’re set up. I Water the plants thoroughly, I water them To the point where they actually stand in water Because that that mix that I just put in there is was pretty dry But you see how I got the water in and that water will seep through And it takes a few minutes because that stuff was pretty dry So you want to make sure that you get it thoroughly saturated when you first plant them so [that] the water is actually reaching All the way down to the potato When you get your potatoes in you want to put some bone meal on Top of this and let that soak down to those potato seeds because this is nothing, but an animal [Bone] That has been ground [and] pulverized which is organic phosphorus and phosphorus is what promotes root growth [and] we really want that [for] potatoes as we put the bone meal in let me water that in So that’s it for on how to plant these [we’ll] be back in [the] days ahead and we’ll do a part [two] of this video where we watch the progression of these plants as they [grow] and Eventually we’ll harvest them the good thing about Growing them [into] five gallon containers. You don’t have to harvest a [20] gallon tub at one time and get you know 15 20 pounds of Potatoes when really all you needed was you know about three to five For a five gallon bucket you probably get about four pounds of potatoes per bucket So think of it that way And you can harvest those buckets one at a time Eat your potatoes wait a few weeks until a couple of weeks, and then harvest again It gives you a little flexibility on your harvesting. So you don’t have Potatoes sitting around for a long period of time which they have no problem of doing that but just some people like to eat them With their fresh out of ground because they got a really good taste when you first harvest them so anyway we’ll be back and we’ll watch this on part two and see where we go from here and if you like our videos please subscribe And we’d love to have you [to] be a part of our youTube family [so] until you we see you next time I always remember where all of our blessings come from come from the Lord by his hands We’re fed give us Lord our [daily] bread Have a blessed day Thanks for watching our videos We really love making them if you like our videos Please like our Facebook page to get the latest tips and tricks Please subscribe to our YouTube [channel] to get the newest video like it It would really inspire and encourage us But most importantly share to encourage others will welcome your comments in question. Thank you. Have a blessed day

100 thoughts on “How to Grow Potatoes in a 5 Gallon Bucket (Part 1 of 2)

  1. Hands down, the most educational video on how to grow potatoes! I absolutely love the enthusiasm and care you have towards your plants. God bless!

  2. How often do you water your potatoes in 5 gal buckets? I feel the bottom always stays fairly moist. The reason I fail horribly seems to be either over watering or not adequate drainage. I have WAY more holes drilled, but my holes are smaller.

  3. You are such a wonderful teacher. It is so pleasant to understand why to do something. Thanks so much Hollis. Say Hi to Nancy and Bing for me.

  4. How did you grow these from seeds to the point of putting them in the egg cartons? i watched the video series on the 20 gal containers for the potatoes, but don't understand how to start the potato seeds. Is it a packet of seeds or a potato that you had from the store and then let them get to the chitting point? Thanks for the video!

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  6. Wow. I can do potatoes this method. When younger I planted a 50 pound bag of seed potatoes in a large garden. We cut the seeds off the potatoes w about two inches of potato

  7. I don't know what I did wrong, all of my plants died. They were doing good then the leave turned yellow and died.

  8. Hi Hollis. Is it 2 late to plant regular potatoes & sweet potatoes for a harvest this year? I have 3 type of seed potatoes I bought back in Feb & they are a little shriveled up, but have great chitts on them. And I have some a sweet potato in water growing slips. Thank you for the great drawings you do. Your drawings are so clear & concise.

  9. Thank you, going to try this. I noticed my Lowe's buckets have a #2 HDPE but I guess they are not food quality because of dyes or maybe bpa?
    I will roll the dice I suppose

  10. Question for you. What are the blue tubs you are using? I think I'd rather do that size for the better yield. But are those food safe? Where can I get them? Thanks for the videos!

  11. Thank you so much for making these videos! They are so helpful! One question though, do you continue watering with 1 gallon of water every day up until you harvest? Or do you back off the water when the green starts โ€œdyingโ€?

  12. Thank you for the best video on bucket gardening for potatoes!! Can't wait to start my little farm, okay it's a 30'x60' backyard…poe-tay-toe / po-tah-toe. lol Amen and blessings to you!

  13. Good Day Hollis & Nancy!! Thank you so much for this Awesome video. Hollis, would it be okay to use Chicken Shit instead of Cow?!! I have always used chicken in my veggie garden and received wonderful results. I would just like to know what your thoughts are on that. FYI: I do believe that Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Dunkin Donuts, Kroger, and Wendy's burgers give away the buckets. Thanx again for this informative and educational video. I truly love the end of the video. and GOD BLess you both.
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  14. Hollis, I really enjoyed your very informative video. I also really love your giving God all the credit. It's great seeing & hearing folks acknowledge God as their Savior! Blessings!

  15. I got 5 gal buckets at the hardware store. I think I'm already in trouble. I was hoping not to drill holes. But I'd need 2 buckets, and nest one with holes inside the one without holes (for transport, and to avoid "sitting" in water when my patio floods in high rain).

    Before planting, I water and stir the dirt/soil stuff first. I need bone meal. I just have one sweet potatoe that has leaves already. And it's a different kind of growing

  16. Hollis, thank you so very much for doing these diy/how-to videos. I was raised in the Deep South on a working farm and to date I have not watched a video of yours that I didn't learn from you and Nancy. May the smiles of Heaven bless you two and keep up the teaching, so I can keep learning. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. I tryed to grow potatoes in the buckets a few years ago, They grew real well until mid Sept when we had a monson and it drowned them, They tasted like a swamp, I have a bucket farm in my back yard, about five hundred buckets, I grew 180 buckets of carrots, lots of peas, beans , onions and parsnips which all grew and produced reall well, I had one yellow carrot that grew to 5/8 of a lb. I go to the zoo and get Yak manure as it has less weed seeds

  19. I do the same thing up here in western Canada, but I use old tires stacked three high! I get enough potatoes to last all winter until spring. Just discovered your channel. I'm hooked! Have a great day!

  20. Hi, Hollis, I'm a card carrying senior, and not up to much physical work at all, and this looks just my speed. I was wondering…after you are done with one whole bucket, can you use the same ingredients over? The potato chits must grow to the 10" mark? And then the bone meal is added to about 4" from the top, right? IF the soil is reusable, does it matter if the bone meal gets into the lower ingredients? Thank you for your expertise in this. : )

  21. Thanks I will try this. But warning!!! I was working with baged cow manure, got some on my bare hands. Noticed it was very gritty. What are they feeding cows these days? Yep. It was sand and my soil is sandy already and I am buying more sand? Bag contents reads " over 15 % organic. Read the lable before buying manure. Could be mostly sand, can be used in the winter to cover ice. โ˜บ

  22. I had to laugh at the part about planting after you have nighttime temperatures of 45 degrees or above. This means I need to plant and harvest in July where I live.

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