Growing Potatoes in a Potato Tower
Seeing potato towers all over the internet, we decided we wanted to give it a go. Potato Towers are a good alternative to traditional potato growing methods, specifically for the space saving aspect of them. Considering we do not own our house, we decided not digging up the entire yard was a good choice on out part. Even so, we made our potato towers smaller them most I have seen, as we only need to feed two of us. These steps can be applied to any tower big or small.
Make sure to keep an eye out for out next Tower project…Pea Tower!!!
1: Prepare the Area
We wanted to make this project super easy, so you wont need many items. Here is what we used to build our potato tower.
We purchased our potato seeds locally for only $.98/LB which was a very good deal. We also made two of these towers with that one pound of seeds. You can, however, order them online if you can not find them locally.
Potatoes love acidic soil, and honestly you can use pretty much any soil, potatoes are pretty forgiving. We got some Fox Farm soil from amazon its a more neutral soil so we will be adding some organic compost after a few weeks of growth.
- A Metal Mesh Fence, or Garden Fence
Any kind of fence will work, as long as you can form it into some sort of tower shape, and give the sprout somewhere to go. We used a Vinyl Covered Garden Fence, simply because it is very easy to work with.
- Grass clippings
These are free! and are very good mulch for your potatoes:D
- Wire Cutters (pliers,shrub trimmer, ect)
You will need something to cut wire. We used shrub trimmers.
We dug a hole the size and shape of our tower, and about 4 inches deep.
Now that we have our supplies, and our area is prepped. We can start building our tower!
2: Create your Potato Tower
Cutting this material was very easy, all we had handy was a pair of shrub trimmers which worked very well. When cutting, make sure to cut at the corner, as apposed to cutting in the center of the wire. This will give you one long wire to wrap around the other squares (see the images above).
We purchased this Vinyl Covered Garden Fence, and found more then just one use for it! Not only did we use it to make our potato towers, but we also used it to make our trellises for our peas and cucumbers.
3: Install Your Tower
Putting grass clippings around the inside of the cage will keep your soil in the cage and prevent light from reaching your potatoes. Exposed to too much light potatoes will ‘Green’ producing a dangerous toxin and inedible potatoes. We created an inside border of grass, then put soil in the middle, filling the tower about 1/4 of the way.
We took our sprouted potatoes and cut them in half, leaving multiple eyes on either half. Plant the potatoes with the cut part in the soil, leaving the eyes pointing up. We buried 6 potato halves in our potato towers, using Yukon golds in one tower, and red potatoes in the other.
Cover with more soil and mulch and you only have one thing left to do.
5: Water and Wait
On the left is our first tower, and the right is the one we just built! Building these were a real joy, give it a try!
As the plants grow, we will continue to bury the leafy growth until it reaches the top of the tower, hopefully producing potatoes throughout!
Our Potato Towers have really taken off! We are really excited to harvest, even though we have about 2 months left. Playing the waiting game is extra hard this year 😀
Just Started the Second layer, covering the plant after it reach around 6-8” in growth
This is our newer tower just about ready to be covered