Sunday, April 3, 2016

Potato Towers

This weekend it was finally time to plant some potatoes.  Okay, I know I am a little past due on this, but it is the first time I have had the free time to plant some potatoes.  

And, let's do it the unusual way.  

My little buddy went to the barn with me to gather some straw.  She checks the area for mice.....thank goodness.



For this project I gathered one bale of straw, some potting soil, potatoes, and two wire cages.  I collected these cages a few hears ago while we were renovating an old building in Smalltownland.  After using them for various purposes, they will now be the house for my potato towers.  


Some people use laundry baskets and cages made of chicken wire.  Many things will work for this purpose.  

First, make a nest of straw in the bottom of your cage.  Build up a little straw on the sides.  



Place some soil in the bottom and then your potatoes.  You can tell how behind I am with activity....my potatoes have sprouted.  


Cover the potatoes with some more soil, then another layer of straw, building a bit of it up the sides.  Red potatoes went on the bottom layer and two more layers made this cage, with Yukon Golds finishing the construction.  




Straw on the top and a good dose of water was the finishing touch.  



Does this growing method work?  I have read about success and failures, so it remains to be seen.  My little buddy stuck with me the whole time.  At the time of this blog post, she is covered in manure and awaiting a bath.  



"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes.  Zen spirituality is just peeling the potatoes."  

Alan Watts 






36 comments:

  1. You will have to let us know if it works!

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  2. she's adorable!!! hope they do well in that caged life!

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  3. Love your helper! I have one too. I really wanted to try the laundry basket method. I think it's too late now. Maybe next year. You'll have to photo your progress for me!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good week.

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  4. I know nothing about planting potatoes . . .
    So your plan sounds perfect . . .
    Your pup is cute and has a loyal look . . .
    Covered in manure . . . not so much fun . . .

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  5. I'll be curious to see what happens with this new method, Michelle! My friend has jack Russels and I know how much they like to hunt rabbits and mice :)
    Both of my brothers are fabulous gardeners and both plant potatoes in their gardens. My younger brother, who lives inear the coast in Massachusetts, plants purple potatoes and other unusual types, while my Long Island older brother plants regular russets. If I tried to plant them here I'd have all sorts of wild critters digging them up..lol. S

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  6. I think your potato project is going to be a big success! Now.. my mom was famous for her "new potatoes and new peas in cream sauce". Oh my goodness. So when you have new little potatoes and some fresh peas, boil them until they're done and make a flour, butter and milk (or better yet, 1/2 and 1/2 or cream) sauce, some salt and pepper to taste and put the taters and peas in to heat up and ::swoon:: it's so good! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. We used to plant potatoes as other plants. We don't take this much care to plant them. Your way of planting sounds great...

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  8. I hope your potatoes will grow big and delicious. And your dog is simply adorable. Pure cuteness!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thank you, Mersad! Have a great week!

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  9. Ha. Loved your lesson. Thanks for the step-by-step procedure.
    Keep us updated on the progress.
    Have a nice week.

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  10. My son-in-law did that last year, not sure if he's doing again. Your sweet doggie looks a lot like our little Clayton!

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  11. Hello, I like your sweet buddy! That is a neat way to plant potatoes, I have seen them growing in bags. Good luck with your crop! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  12. interesting way to plant your spuds

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  13. I did this last year, bought a special bag, designed just for growing potatoes. I followed the directions to the "t" and I got zippo, not one potato!! I almost cried!!

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    1. Debbie, on no! I don't know if this method will really work or not. I hope it does, because I don't like digging them up!

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  14. I have never planted them this way. Looks interesting and fun. I have yet to get mine in the grown....this week...better late than never, I suppose.

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  15. I'm really interested to see if this works. I've wanted to try this but haven't done it since keeping house plants alive is almost beyond me. Will the mice eat the taters?

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  16. Such a pretty & tiny potato-farm you have, Michelle! Love the straw base!

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  17. I have never seen potatoes planted this way before. It will be interesting to see how it works. I have planted peanuts in trashcans before and that worked pretty well.

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  18. Good luck with your project, Michelle. I am planting some redbud trees this week.

    Your little doggie is so cute!
    ~

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  19. So does the red potatoes are somewhere in the middle of the cage then soil, straw and then white potatoes then more soil and more straw right?? Did I got that right? It is a great idea, it saves space for other vegetables in the garden. Your little helper is adorable. We had a dog named Jo Jo that looked so much like your dog. I miss that dog so much! We also live in a small town, pop. around 100 people. Thank you for your post!

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  20. Potatoes.....one of the world's great foods. Had one for dinner tonight - baked, a little sour cream, fresh ground pepper - delicious and nutritious.

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  21. i love your helper! have you seen that movie about the pastor that plants potatoes? i can't think of the name of it but it was really good!

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  22. Cool! I'm going to try sweet potatoes this year, and will be planting them in a 25 gallon drum.

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  23. I have seen a few different way of planting potatoes above ground but not this one...how cool! I hope you get a great crop! Your sweet helper reminds me ow much I miss my Hunter :(

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  24. Just ran in to your lovely blog! I'm american and now live in Germany. It's always nice to see what's happening in the States.
    Sweet little fellow you have there!
    hugs

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  25. Priority #1....remove manure before Buddy goes in for the night!!!
    This looks exactly like what my father used to do for his garden/potatoes. I will be waiting for the progress report on their growth. Nothing like home grown potatoes in cream sauce....I drool.

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  26. Your helper looks cute ... hope she enjoyed her bath!

    All the best Jan

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  27. I will be interested in seeing if this works out for you. A nice way to use space and maybe not so hard on the back ...

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  28. I'll be awaiting your results. I've seen photos of this and always wondered if it worked or not. I love your little companion. And I'm wondering how he got manure all over herself. Our border collie is drawn to deer scat and boy does she smell when she has rolled in some of that!

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  29. You will have to let us know how it works out. I am interested on the outcome. Your little dog is cute!

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