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Off grid living: Grow 25 pounds of sweet potatoes in a bucket

by Amy Goodrich, Natural News:

Although sweet potatoes are an important staple food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, this versatile, orange root tuber can be added to many other meals all year round. While sweet potatoes have been used for ages by many cultures around the world, until recently they weren’t a regular sight on American kitchen tables outside of the Holiday season.

In the past decade, however, the sweet potato has found its way to our hearts. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, the root vegetable’s popularity has skyrocketed between 2000 and 2014, with its consumption increasing by nearly 80 percent. And for a good reason; sweet potatoes pack a powerful nutritional punch.

They are loaded with essential micronutrients to promote overall health and have fewer calories than ordinary potatoes. Essential nutrients found in sweet potatoes include fiber, protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and many vitamins of the B-complex.

What’s more, you actually don’t need a big garden or a lot of space to grow your own supply of sweet potatoes. Read on to find out how to grow sweet potatoes at your home.

Easy steps to grow sweet potatoes in a bucket

  1. Select the right sweet potato – Rooted sweet potatoes will give you the best result since you can be sure that they are not treated with pesticides to stop the sprouting process.
  2. Create some heat – Unlike regular potatoes, sweet potatoes love the heat. While sweet potatoes will still grow at a minimum temperature of 50 °F (10°C), they seem to do much better at room temperature. So, if you live in a colder climate, make sure to keep them indoors.
  3. Prepare a 5-gallon bucket – Once you have selected the right sprouted potato, fill a container that has draining holes in the bottom with moist soil. Plant one potato per 5-gallon bucket, tops exposed.

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2 comments to Off grid living: Grow 25 pounds of sweet potatoes in a bucket

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Thank you SGT for posting a decent number of stories about self sufficiency, growing tips, food preservation, as well Solar, Wind, wood burning, and how to build some of this stuff at home.

    Another simple, useful, EASY to do item, is to make a SOLAR OVEN, not just for cooking foods, but also for making jerky and to STERILIZE some water for drinking (or heating up some water for a hot sponge-bath.

    Home made rocket stoves (& rocket mass heater). For some smart shelter’s, people in many areas and many era’s, build underground homes, sod homes, etc, to take advantage of the earth’s heat, wind proof, etc.

    Hey you guys, even in winter, you can still grow a hundred pounds of mushrooms in a 3X3ft closet!

    Then you can slice them and dehydrate them in your SOLAR OVEN, and put them in jars or bags for later use.

    I’m gonna make (eventually) a solar oven from empty potato chip bags (reflective mylar), tape it to the flaps of a good sized cardboard box to reflect lots of sunlight into the open box, insulate inside the box, and put some sheet metal or cookie sheet pans as fireproof liner, and put a scrap window glass over the top to hold the heat. I should be able to make a 300-350F oven for FREE.

    For you guys who have well water (or keep your eyes open on garbage days), you may eventually come across a thrown away “bladder tank”. Open up the bottom remove the rubber bladder, and with a metal cutting blade, you can cut open the tank, either to make a BBQ grill, or wood burning stove, etc.
    There are great Youtube videos on making wood burning stoves, from many things. Cement building blocks, (seen a great, quick make- rocket stove from about 12 cement blocks or less), also like the little “tent stoves” made from 50 caliber ammo cans, and bigger stoves made from the 20mm ammo cans.

    An old, scrap washing machine, dryer, etc, gut the interior stuff, and use it for a burn barrel, etc. The stainless steel (or regular steel) wash tub, makes another good fire-pit. I use an old washtub, to store my garden hoses in it, then turn it upside down to keep the sun and animals from getting on it.

    Those washing machine tubs, also make a VERY good planter because it lets excess water out, and some air to get in. You can grow all kinds of root crops in barrels, tubs, tires, bags, etc.

    Saw a great little Youtube video, about melting metal on your stove top, for casting. The one I really liked, was using Aluminum, Copper & Zinc to make a casting metal that is almost exactly as durable as gray iron. Even though copper does NOT “melt” on stove, I was amazed to learn, that the aluminum / zinc mixture, when molten, adding copper to it, the copper does not “melt”, but it DISSOLVES into the other “liquid metals”!!! LOW temperture smelting trick.

    A person could make car suspension parts, brackets, or a pistol frame, etc.

    In the future, if you must grow food, but have limited space. This is where you get creative. Planting vines or climbing beans/pole beans, etc, onto the fences. You could create buckets, tubs, bags of dirt and put them on the porch/patio or ROOF. Got a landscape trailer, pickup box? Those are just “planters on wheels”. Same thing for a boat, just a huge planter. Swimming pool? How about it, fish pond for Tilapia, bluegills? Aquaponics?

    Don’t have enough sunny spots? How about a little kid’s red wagon as a rolling planter?

    You’re gonna be OK, and you’ll be the GURU of your neighborhood, giving examples & advice that helps to save people.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Hey, here’s a great little tip.
    I switched to buying ONLY those laundry soap containers that are the 2 or 2.5 gallon size with the PUSH BUTTON dispenser on it.

    And I grab them from people’s garbage cans when I see them because they make GREAT kerosene dispensers. I also use one, for mixing 2-cycle oil & gas for my chainsaw.

    I always STORE them on the floor in the “upright” position just in case the valve gets a drip-leak. But when I need to fill my chainsaw, I put the laundry dispenser on the shelf, hold the chainsaw tank up to the dispenser spout, push the button, and fill up the chainsaw without ANY LEAKS and NO smelly hands from spilled gas!!!

    Same for my kerosene lamps, etc.
    Yes, of course you gotta rinse and dry the container from any left over soap, duh.

    Remember this for future use.
    A gallon of Propane has about 90k of BTU’s in it.
    a gallon of kerosene/diesel is 130k BTU’s.

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