Originally Posted by KlopKlop
Originally Posted by Woodsdweller
Potatoes like cooler soil so they do well in my basement garage. I have started using full spectrum, 85 watt compact fluorescent bulbs They don't use a lot of energy and last way longer than incandescent grow bulbs and only cost a couple of bucks more than incandescent. 1 bulb will work for a 4'x 4' area. The major drawback with multiple buckets of potatoes indoors is that they take up space for 90-180 days and since I haven't figured out how to water them when I'm traveling (I shut off the water for the house before leaving) I have to start from scratch every time I know I'm going to be away for more than a week. The tomatoes, peppers, squash, cabbage, carrots, onions and whatever now get planted in DIY earthboxes that have a water storage area. They only need watering once a month or so. I could plant some potatoes in the earthboxes, but the time I experimented with that, a lot of the potatoes ended up growing in the water storage area and rotted. That was a mess.
What kind of soil do you use?
1 part potting soil (doesn't matter what brand, get the cheapest you can find), 1 part (moistened) coco peat also known as coir (or use sphagnum), 1 part vermiculite. Mix in a large tub, add 2 cups of local topsoil (to add local microbes) and keep leftovers covered so it doesn't dry out. Organically fertilize with 1 part urea, 2 parts white bone meal, 1 part potash. I mix the fertilzer, store in a coffee can and use 1 teaspoon mixed with 1 gallon of water and water as needed.