Here is a post that was requested by one of my readers and then by popular demand on our Facebook page everyone wanted to see our Potato Tower Step By Step instructions. Make sure to plant your potato tower in a sunny location with good soil drainage and you can see the potato tower fits the bill. They should be ready to harvest once the plants flower. You can always dig in one spot without uprooting the entire tower to check.
Step 1 – Place a tomato cage or a masonry cage such as ours in the ground….we don’t do any special prepping to the soil.
Step 2 place some good soil in the bottom of the cage.
Step 3 Place Potato Starts or eyes you can cut up a potato several times if you want. Many instructions say to cure the potatoes prior to planting but we have had good luck without curing them too. I lay the potato starts so the eyes or roots are facing outwards.
Step 4 Continue layering the potatoes and dirt in the tower and make sure to keep lining the edges with straw!
Step 5 keep layering dirt over the potatoes and its also a good thing to amend the soil with some compost and biochar as well as you are layering.
Step 6 you can see the bio char mixed in the soil in picture below.
Step 7. Continue to edge sides with more straw.
I have had such great results and enjoyed building potato towers so much I hope you try one too! I think they are perfect for small spaces and you really do get a nice bunch of potatoes to make some wonderful meals with 🙂
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