According to my research, towers are a great way to grow potatoes. As the plant grows, you add dirt. Roots will form on the now buried stem, and potatoes will grow from them. You can go quite a ways up doing this, which means less footage on the ground and more room for other veggies! Yum!
A side benefit to making this is that if you decide it was too much work to use again, or that you really only need one potato tower, these cylinders can also be used as composters.
Step 1: Gather Ye Supplies
- 1 - 10 foot roll hardware cloth (makes 2 towers!)
I am 5 foot 3, so if you are shorter, you may want the 2 foot width.
- tape measure
- wire cutters
- weights to hold the wire down & keep it from curling back(I used hubby's boots!)
- heavy canvas or leather gloves (keeps the hands from being sliced & diced by the wire!)
- zip ties
- seed potatoes (mine sat around a warm kitchen for a 2-3 weeks, giving them a good chance to get
day before you will be planting them so a scab can form on the cut end.