- A drill with a 1/4" bit
- A trash barrel (preferably white or blue - we bought black because it was the cheapest but sometimes too hot)
- Bricks or cinderblocks
- A full sun spot outside (at least 6 hrs)
- Peat moss
- Potting soil, compost or soil from your backyard
- Planting potatoes
Step 2: Set up a brick or cinderblock platform for air flow and drainage outside in an area that gets at least 6hrs of sunlight daily.
Step 3: Fill the barrel with 6" of a 1/3 potting soil/compost mix 2/3 peat moss mix
Step 4: Plant the potatoes eyes up as deep as they are large. We cut ours into small 1" x 1" chunks right before planting.
Step 5: Water well. Keep moist but not too damp.
Step 6: As they grow, continue to fill the bucket with the same mixture up to the potato's top leaves, until the bucket is full.
We just wanted to give you the quick run-down - it only took less than an hour to put together once we had all the materials. For further reading, Mother Earth News provides the City Homesteader from the book here.