I love them mashed, fried and baked! They grow pretty easy! So many methods of growing them. There is the Trench method, Raised beds, Potato condo's and Towers. I have seen so many different ideas around the web.
My thoughts last year as we were digging out potato's on our hands and knees in puddles of our own sweat, their must be an easier way! I did the 3 feet deep trenches last year. We probably added 3 feet of soil on top of that. In my eyes, way to much work and way to much space. Don't get me wrong, a homegrown Potato is worth the work! When you are growing enough for a family of 6 to last a few months, you start wondering about easier ways!
I with the help of Super Dave (my hubby) have built a Potato tower. I am hoping by growing them up, it will leave me room to plant other things in my garden. Yes, yes I am also hoping it will be a little easier when harvesting. I work hard enough in my garden, it would be nice to have some of that hard work be a little easier.
We used wood that is 3 by 5 and we will be stacking them 5 high!
My potato's are already growing nicely. As the plants get taller, I will be nailing in wood on all 4 sides.
My wonderful hubby built a frame that will be easy for me to just nail on new boards as I go. As I add boards, I will be adding composted soil, leaving just a few green leaves peeking out at the top!
I am excited to see how this method works for growing Potato's. I am also growing Potato's in a few buckets and a raised bed I made out of an old captains bed.
Here is my son and I as we crammed pieces of the captains bed in my van, good times!
The Captains bed is now a raised bed for potato's.
I am even growing some in 1 trench.
I decided in the end to try many different methods. This way I can see which way is the best way for me to grow potato's.
Do you grow Potato's?
What methods have you tried?
Happy Potato Growing!!!