The Idea: Create a Potato Patch in Your Old Kiddie Pool
Growing your own potatoes allows you to try varieties that you can’t find at your local grocery store. Buy seed potatoes from your neighborhood nursery or farmers’ market, or order them online. You could also use potatoes in your kitchen that are starting to sprout. If they’re larger than a golf ball, cut them into pieces, leaving one or two eyes on each piece. Place the pool in a location that gets plenty of sun and is easy to access. Use a box cutter to make a few drainage holes in the bottom of the pool and add about six inches of organic potting soil. Next, place your potatoes in the soil about 8 to 12 inches apart in all directions and cover them with another few inches of soil and compost. Each piece will grow into its own potato plant. Water regularly to keep the earth moist but not wet. Once your potatoes grow to about 6 inches, add more soil at the base of each plant. In just a couple of months, you’ll be able to make homegrown latkes!