Planning. Plotting. Planting.
You will need Potatoes, Kennel Fence, Straw, Newspaper, and Soil.
And a place to put them…
Potato Towers yield more potatoes using less space.
Plans changed. There will be 3 Potato Towers and 1 Peanut Tower.
When buying Potatoes to plant, look for firm potato with a lot of eyes. Cut the potatoes into pieces containing at least 1 eye per piece. If you are using store bought potatoes make sure they will sprout. They can be treated w/chemicals which prevents sprouting.
I decided to do towers 2′ tall by 3′ round. I cut the fence 9′ X 2′ and attached the ends to make the circle. Lining the bottom w/Newspaper may not be necessary, but I did it anyway.
Push a thin layer of Straw against the sides to hold your soil in as you fill your tower. I put in about 4″ of soil and set the potatoes around the edge, about 2″ from the fencing. Repeat setting every 4″ until your tower is full. I have seen this done with a round laundry basket as well
My tower is complete. Now to water it and watch for it to grow….
Make sure you water enough to allow it to soak through to the bottom.
This is the growth at about the 3 week mark. Looks like we will have Potatoes!
The are even starting to push through the sides. I do believe we have a success. Let’s see what they will yield come Fall…
June 8, the peanuts are growing…slowly.