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First, securely attach potato eyes, or sprouts, onto strips of cardboard. You’ll want the eye or sprout facing up. Then place the cardboard strips in a sturdy bin filled with shredded paper. Be sure to keep the potatoes warm and moist for best results.
After adding several scraps of card board and potatoes in the bin, fill it up with shredded paper. Keep adding shredded paper until your bin is full. You should make sure that the potatoes are completely covered in paper, but don’t use too much to keep them from having enough room to come into contact with soil once planted.
Over the course of eight weeks, check on your potatoes by pulling out a piece of shredded paper and making sure that your potatoes have not begun growing mold or fungus. If they aren’t showing any signs of life within eight weeks discard them and try again next time.
When leaves begin to emerge from amidst the bedding material, it’s time to plant! Carefully pull apart the shredded paper and move each potato into individual pots filled with quality potting soil. Make sure there is adequate drainage in each container before placing your potatoes inside them one by one. Once secured into their individual pots it’s time to water them and take care of them until harvest season rolls around!
If you’d like to add visuals to this blog post, consider adding diagrams showing how the potatoes should be attached onto the strips of cardboard and what size bin one needs for storing the potatoes; photos demonstrating planting individual potatoes in their own potting soil-filled containers; videos highlighting tips for keeping an eye on your pinterest vegetable garden; as well as photos showcasing successful harvests after following these steps!
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Growing potatoes in a shredded paper garden is an increasingly popular way to grow this versatile and delicious vegetable. If you’ve ever thought of growing potatoes in your backyard, a shredded paper garden can be an excellent option. Not only is it incredibly low maintenance and eco-friendly, but it also promises a bountiful harvest with minimal effort.
We want to learn more about your experiences with this type of garden — have you tried growing potatoes with shredded paper? What tips or tricks do you have for making sure the potatoes thrive? Share your stories and photos with us in the comments below! Who knows — we may even feature some of our favorites in an upcoming post.
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Here are some helpful resources for planting potatoes in a shredded paper pot:
-Instructions from the University of Maine on how to prepare potato tubers for planting, and other tips regarding planting potatoes in containers: https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/container-growing/potatoes/.
-Information from Organic Gardening on the benefits of growing potatoes in shredded paper: https://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/trending-paper-potato-garden.
-A video tutorial from YouTube user Home Farm Ideas on using newspaper or cardboard to make your own shredded paper pots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88_f6GAycnI&ab_channel=HomeFarmIdeas.
-A blog from Garden Fundamentals with detailed instructions on planting potatoes in containers at home: https://www.gardenfundamentals.com/planting-potatoes/.
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One example of a successful vegetable garden with potatoes grown in shredded paper is the Sprout Home garden. This garden was designed and built by experienced gardener, Ellie Bastick. She used commercially available shredded office paper to line the bottom of each planting pot before filling it with a mixture of soil and compost. She then formed a hill composed of soil and compost into which she planted her potato starts – just one seed potato per hill. The final step was to cover each hill with a few more inches of the shredded paper, helping to retain moisture and suppress weeds during the growing season. By incorporating these strategies into her garden design, Ellie was able to harvest an impressive 26 pounds of potatoes from two large pots! Her success story serves as an encouragement for other would-be potato growers to try their hand at growing their own potatoes this season with the help of shredded paper!
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1. Make sure your potatoes are freshly picked, as older potatoes will not grow as well.
2. Make sure the shredded paper is moist but not soggy – thoroughly mix it with a small amount of water before adding to the pot and allowing to drain excess water out after.
3. Ensure that your potato pieces are approximately the same size so they cook evenly, and cover them generously with shredded paper before planting in the pot.
4. Water regularly – keep soil moist but not drenched; adjust frequency based on your local temperature, weather patterns, and soil type.
5. Check for signs of disease or pests, such as mushrooms growing on the surface of the shredded paper or holes in leaves caused by bugs. If either occur, isolate affected plants immediately and address appropriately (either by removing affected plant material or applying appropriate treatments).
6 .Fertilize occasionally to give your potatoes an extra boost of nutrients as needed! Finding a balanced fertilizer that best suits your plants’ needs is important to their growth and yield production.
Include creative ideas
Some creative ideas for using potatoes in dishes may include making homemade french fries, mashed potato salad, or a shepherd’s pie. Different ways to use the shredded paper garden in the landscape can also add visual interest and texture to your yard. Consider lining walkways and other areas for a unique look, adding flowers or plants in between the shredded paper pieces for color and texture contrast, having a special spot for herbs, or filling the pots with dried ornamental grasses for added dimension. If you’d like something even more creative try building sculptures out of your potatoes and shredded paper! Then display them around your garden as fun and whimsical decor that adds life and movement to any space.
If you’re looking to get into vegetable gardening, or are just looking for some tips on how to make your current garden better, then you’ve come to the right place! My name is Ethel and I have been gardening for years. In this blog, I’m going to share with you some of my best tips on how to create a successful vegetable garden.