Planting Potatoes in Pallets


Potatoes are plants that produce tuberous roots. Although the plant will thrive in a wide variety of soil, it prefers sandy loam. While the spreading habit of the potato makes it seem like an unlikely candidate for containers, you can grow potatoes container-style in pallets covered with hay. The resulting tubers are smaller than soil-grown potatoes, but are much easier to harvest. The best time to plant potatoes in pallets is early-to-mid spring.

Step 1

Place 4 pallets on their sides with the corners touching to create an upright box. Wire the corners of the pallets together to create a bin. Move the bin to a location that receives full sunlight and has well-drained soil.

Step 2

Line the bottom of the bin with several sheets of newspaper and place seed potatoes 1 foot apart over the newspaper. Seed potatoes are small potatoes with many eyes. They sprout the potato vines that feed the potato plant, and the roots that create new potatoes.

Step 3

Cover the seed potatoes with a 10-inch layer of hay or mulch.

Step 4

Add more mulch as soon as green shoots sprout out of the top of the mulch layer. Continue to add mulch any time that the potato plants appear above the mulch until the point that the plants begin to turn yellow and die back.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never plant potato beds in the same location yearly, and never plant potatoes in a location where you've grown eggplant or tomatoes. This will promote disease in your plants.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pallets
  • Newspaper
  • Hay
  • Mulch
  • Pitchfork


  • "Lasagna Gardening"; Patricial Lanza; 1998
  • "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening"; Carroll C. Calkins; 1978
  • Iowa State University Extension: Hog's Back Farm

Who Can Help

  • University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: Growing Potatoes
Keywords: container gardening, growing potatoes in pallet bins, raising potatoes in mulch

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."