Potato towers

myke

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Anyone try this? Seen lots of videos seems to work. Wrap a cage in a circle layer of straw then dirt. Seeds more dirt repeat. Like growing in a large pail with holes in the sides for the plant to grow out of.
 

xtsho

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Anyone try this? Seen lots of videos seems to work. Wrap a cage in a circle layer of straw then dirt. Seeds more dirt repeat. Like growing in a large pail with holes in the sides for the plant to grow out of.
I've thought about it but I chose not too since they would dry out faster requiring more watering sometimes daily. Plus I'd have to get straw, and caging. So I just plant in the ground.

They are cool though. You can grow more potatoes on the same amount of real estate by going vertical. With that in mind I might just have to give it a go.
 

myke

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I've thought about it but I chose not too since they would dry out faster requiring more watering sometimes daily. Plus I'd have to get straw, and caging. So I just plant in the ground.

They are cool though. You can grow more potatoes on the same amount of real estate by going vertical. With that in mind I might just have to give it a go.
My area we get hail a few times a year. It would be easier to cover for me. Yeah I can see huge water consumption but I like the idea of a small footprint.
 

xtsho

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My area we get hail a few times a year. It would be easier to cover for me. Yeah I can see huge water consumption but I like the idea of a small footprint.
Another thing to think about is how hot the soil might get. Potatoes don't like it too hot which is why they grow well in northern climates.

I found this study to quite interesting and was somewhat surprised at just how much high temperatures can reduce potato yields.

 
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