I had that same excitement when I saw this fun idea for we gardeners...or we wantabe gardeners that try and fail but then try, try again. Dori sent this along to me and I just have to share it with you.
Please let me know if you think you'll try this. And if you try it...let us all know how it goes. I love harvest stories.
According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. All that is required:
· Seed potatoes
· Careful attention to watering
The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below:
Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time.
Here are some pointers from the article:
· Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant.
· Dust the cut pieces with fir dust, which seals the open ends from bacteria.
· Fertilize with
· Water so that the plants are kept at an even level of moisture.
· Don't plant in the same area in consecutive years or use the same soil to fill your potato box, as potatoes can attract various diseases.
Happy day, msk