I love to be in the garden, but it always seems to overwhelm me. This year I am going to have my 7 yr old daughter by my side to get it in order.
What we are planning…Potato Towers, tomatoes, gourds, kale, peas, corn, strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, squash…for starters.
March 21, 2015
I decided to try a variety of potatoes this year and to save space I am trying the ‘potato tower’ vertical growing method.
First: I took some scrap 4′ tall wire fencing (there are always random pieces sitting around on the farm), but you can pick up some simple wire fencing. I made a 2′ diameter circle and secured it to a t•post to make it steady.
Second: I filled to bottom with about 4-6″ of straw, then pressed the straw around the edges to make a “nest”. I filled the center with old composted manure.
Third: we cut the seed potatoes in half and spread them evenly around the circle.
Fourth: cover the potatoes with a few more inches of compost/soil and then cover again with more straw. Then water it well.
Today we planted 2 towers
Fingerling and Russian Butter ball
…As the potatoes grow up through the soil I will cover them again with soil and then more straw until they have grown near the top. I will open the side of the tower…and …and? Well, I will keep you updated on the growth.