growing potatoes in bins

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  1. flutemandolin

    flutemandolin mark an eight, dude!

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    This year I am going to try to grow potatoes in 4 x 4 wooden bins that dh built. For soil we are using aged composted horse manure. My question is, how closely can potatoes be spaced? Right now I think I have more seed potatoes than I have space for in the bins; I am thinking with 6 to 8 inch spacing I can plant sixteen tubers in each bin.

    And no, where I am (Minnesota, zone 3) it's definitely not too late to plant potatoes! :D
     
  2. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    12" spacing would be 16 tubers by the square foot method. I still think that might be a little close for potatoes. I think 16" might be better which would be 9 per 4' by 4' bin.
     

  3. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    I've got mine at 12" spacing, not in bins, but in heavy mulch. I love it. I've been eating new potatoes by just peeling back the mulch and grabbing a few...doesn't seem to hurt the plant at all! And the close spacing isn't a problem with them.

    Meg
     
  4. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    8" spacing is only practical with normal planting in single rows. For intensive planting, the square foot gardening method indeed will work! Don't crowd them any closer than that 12".

    Martin