Pallet Wood Potato Tower Experiment. Increasing Organic Vegetable Yields. Tour a Pommes De Terre.

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An experiment in organic potato production by using a more sophisticated 'earthing up' process. The greater soil depth in the tower provides more potato producing capacity for the area used. The theory is the stolons do not convert to (shaws) leaf producers if you cover them with soil. So you train some stolons horizontally, where there will be cutouts in the wall pieces - they convert to shaws and provide the food for the plants. Whereas, the other stolons continue upwards producing potatoes along the way. Growing in the 5 Euro/Dollar Greenhouse should mean you avoid the wind borne spores of potato blight and also protect against early frosts. Planting potatoes now should give you a crop in November.
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Une expérience - la production de pommes de terre biologiques en utilisant un processus de buttage plus sophistiqué. La plus grande profondeur du sol dans la tour offre une capacité de produire plus de pommes de terre pour la zone utilisée. Faire pousser les pommes de terre dans la serre devrait également arrêter les ravages des spores du mildiou, qui sont emportés par le vent.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice video! I wanted to use a pallet tower for potatoes this year and your design is perfect. The idea of training some of the stolons horizontally so that they can leaf out and provide nutrients to the plant is one I haven't seen before and it makes sense. We'll see if my potatoes agree. :-)

    What is the purpose of the layer of comfrey leaves?

    Thanks for posting.

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    Thanks for your comments! The comfrey leaves provide the perfect balance of nitrogen and potassium and as the plant doesn't have woody stems it breaks down easily to provide an instant fertiliser for promoting the growth of both leaves and roots. A patch of comfrey is a great addition to any garden. If you are short of comfrey you can just wrap each seed potato in a leaf as you plant it. You can also feed comfrey with urine, so happy recycling!! All the best, and here's to a bumper harvest, Andy

    Thanks so much for watching and commenting, much appreciated. Best Wishes from France, where the Summer has finally arrived, Organikmechanic aka Andy