This winter we stumbled upon a new concept in potato growing- Go Vertical. We thought this was a wonderful idea because it allows you to grow 50 lbs in just 9 sq. feet of space. AND harvesting doesn’t require back-breaking digging!
We are not sure it will work, but we are experimenting this spring with four “eye-rise” potato bins. (high-rise, get it?
Here’s the basic set up from a great article by Fred Davis.
In our bins, Tim modified the design by adding a drain pipe in the middle- advice from a veteran gardener he met at the WV Small Farm conference this year. Since this vertical garden can dry out more quickly, we’ll put the hose into the drain pipe and let water seep to the roots- from the center out.
2. Place a length of drain tube in the center so it peeks out the top.
3. Fill it with light compost and straw.
4. Wet it down to help soil settle.
5. Plant potato pieces- 1 each in the side holes.
6. Water through the center drain tube.
The great benefits with the tater towers are in harvesting- you just untie and let the potatoes fall out. (that’s the idea- stay tuned! )