You are probably closer to the truth, than what I posted, but I have no firsthand knowledge either way.A hundred pounds from 4 sqft seems a bit far fetched to me. If I get 5 lbs from one hill, I consider that pretty damn good. I always see these potato tower ideas, but I never see a harvest from one. If someone has one, I'd love to see a pic.
I think some people are under the illusion that potatoes will grow 10 feet tall if you keep adding boards. I guess if your growing season is forever, it may be possible.
That said, this is a great method when you are short on space for sure, but I think 15-20 lbs would be more realistic from that size box.
Definitely go for it, I say. Like the other thread said, go with a late season potato.You are probably closer to the truth, than what I posted, but I have no firsthand knowledge either way.
As I have very little space, this may work for my situation.
Any updates???I had said in a different thread that I had decided not to do the potatoes this year. But...I found some Kennebec seed potatoes a couple weeks ago and just couldn't resist. My DH was on vacation last week and he helped me build the potato tower and my new raised beds. I planted the potatoes today. I am starting with just dirt, but I think I will add some straw or do all straw after reading the tips in the other thread. That is if I can remember to buy the dang straw. I have been to the store where I plan on buying it 4 times in the last week and haven't gotten it yet. lol
Now if I could figure out how to get the warm weather to arrive faster I would be a very happy woman.
Labor intensive, but the best way I have found.I planted eleven pounds of five different kinds today using the standard method. Hoed a trench five to six inches deep, placing the seed about ten inches apart, and covered with two inches of soil. When it is six inches tall I will mound up to the leaves, and do it a second time. Planted clover between the rows and will hoe it under when I mound around.