I have been busy working in the yard. Today was the first day I was bewildered at what to do next. I am not patiently waiting for things to grow and our last frost date to pass so I can finish planting the rest of my garden.
One of my projects has been to construct potato towers. There are two ways I have come across. The first way is to use reed mats with a simple wire frame to hold up the mats. The second tower is by using wood and building a tower constructed with screws.
I have some old outdoor bamboo blinds. I used to use these on my patio at my last home where we got a lot of evening sun. I no longer use them so I thought this might be a great re-purpose. You could also use cheap beach mats.
The first link above has a great tutorial on growing potatoes in a tower. This is my first time growing potatoes in this manner.
I started with using branches from my recently pruned apple trees. The first tower I constructed I only used four branches. I decided more branches would help my structure be more stable, so on my second tower I used a couple more.
From what I have read, when growing potatoes in a tower all you need to do is place your seed potatoes in the soil and cover with compost. As the plant grows you add straw on top of your plant after it has grown 6+ inches. Your plant will continue to grow vertically and as it grow you continue to add straw and in turn your potatoes will grow in the straw.
|Aren’t they a pretty color! I wonder how they are going to taste?|
I am growing four types to potato. A purple and blue varieties that I picked up as “seed” potatoes from my local feed store. The other two varieties are red and russet potatoes that are from my grocery store. My russet potatoes have already begun to sprout, and the red potatoes were beginning to bud at the eyes. I cut up the potatoes so their were 2-3 eyes per piece of potato and then planted them at the base of my towers. I still need to find a place to buy straw, but I have at least a couple weeks before my plants take off.
It is all an experiment to me, so hopefully my experiment will work! Stay tuned to see what happens.