Potato Containers and a Simple Potato Salad

Last autumn I moved to a new house but unfortunately there was no garden plot near the house, only a big lawn, and the landlord refused to rent out a part of it to be converted to a kitchen garden plot. It took a while for me to get used to the fact that I had lost my 100 square meter garden plot (1,100 square feet), but eventually I began seeing the event as a challenge instead and I started thinking about container gardening. I also realized that most people probably haven’t got access to a garden plot but have limited space. (Mike, you lucky bastard 😉 )

I decided to grow my beloved potatoes anyway and incidentally I found these Maris Peer seed potatoes at the local nursery:

I don’t think people normally grow this potato variety around here but I recognized the name from forums so I decided to try them out.

Normally I’m chitting potatoes for a couple of weeks. When you do potato chitting make sure the shoots don’t grow too long or they’re likely to break off during planting:

I bought three cheap plastic pots for this purpose – notice the 16 drainage holes in the bottom:

These holes will let the water pass through the soil and prevent rot in tubers and roots caused by water standing still. This will of course mean that you’ll have to water more often. Especially if you use pre-fertilized peat moss like I did, which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best choice:

My new small container garden two months ago – this is a trade-off between space to play on for the kids versus growing space for kitchen gardening:

From the left there are three ceramic containers with new small blueberry bushes, in the middle are my three potato containers / pots, and the two large tubs in the back to the right are for herbs and spices. In the front to the right are three fruit bushes which we donated to the kindergarten.

The potatoes grew big but some of the foliage turned yellow so I decided it was time to harvest the tubers. I would have liked to see flowers develop before harvesting but for some reason they didn’t. Maybe the plants needed some kind of nutrient which would also explain the yellow leaves:

Fortunately the potato tubers were in there, looking healthy!:

I was very happy to find 1.2 kilos of potatoes (2.6 pounds) in those three plastic pots:

The last couple of years we have made the same simple potato salad from our new potatoes.

600 g boiled new potatoes, marinated in these ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 Tbls. sesame oil
  • 3 Tbls. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • (2-3 spring onions, sliced) (didn’t use it this time though)
  • 2 Tbls. sesame seeds as garnish

Yum! 😀

What’s your favorite potato variety? And feel free to add more simple potato recipes you might have, that you want to recommend to others.

2 comments on “Potato Containers and a Simple Potato Salad

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    Looks great. I am growing some test potatoes in a container again this year. I’m not sure I’ll have the same success as you, and was wondering if you had any tips on what you did.

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    Scott: Next time I’ll try following the ‘soil recipe’ described in the notes from Growing Your Grub 042: Compost + vermiculite + peat moss. I only used peat moss and that stuff dries up very quickly so I had to water many times. Plus the peat moss I used was pre-fertilized, and I would much prefer natural nutrients from compost instead of artificial chemicals. The vermiculite is supposed to absorb water and release it slowly to the plant, so it won’t dry out that easily.

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