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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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This is a repost from another thread on the same subject:

I have never tried the potato tower method, so have no experience to share. However, based on a knowledge of plant growth I think it is a lot of un-needed effort for a set harvest. There are two controlling factors in how large a harvest you can get from a potato plant; how much nutrient solution the roots can take up, and how much leaf surface is there to convert that solution into plant usable nutrients through photosynthesis.

Growing potatoes in a tower would allow the plant to have a larger root mass due to having a taller stalk underground, so the plant could take up more nutrients. All the photos I have seen of potato towers show normal sized potato plants without any additional mass of leaves to make use of the additional nutrients. Based on that alone I would doubt that the method will increase the harvest beyond what you would get by simply ensuring that the one plant gets the nutrients it needs and the sunlight to convert them into potatoes.

If you just like fiddling with things, go for it. Or perhaps try an experiment. Plant two potato sets, one in a pot of compost and one in a tower. Ensure that they both get the same amount of sunlight and water. Just before harvest, count the leaves on both plants and then after harvest weigh the potatoes. I predict that the leaf count will be similar and so will the harvest
 

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You should read through this thread. There is a lot of helpful information regarding these potato "towers".

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Yes! Great ideas, but I think I'll stay away from the car tires as I've heard from several people about the possibility of leeching from the tires into the spuds.
 

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I tryed this method last year my ground does poorly for root crops I planted several in hills and 4 in the boxes I did see a big diffrence in yield , but i used differnt soil in the box so ymmv , Still no 100lb ber box though

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On the far left bottom row those are fingerling potatoes. They are in area of about 2-3 sqft, they only produced about 12 pounds of potatoes. Out of all 3 levels (approx 20-25sqft) I may have harvest close to about 80 some pounds or so of food.
 

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Did this last year....didnt keep up with adding the soil, but even as little as I did (about half as much) the taters didnt come close tothe surface.... a busted experiment but here is what i did learn....

buying dirt is expensive
have topsoil or compost ready.
you cant reuse the same dirt next year because of disease

+++ I left potatoes in the ground and they didnt rot over the winter!!!
 

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From the looks of the picture in the opening post, it looks like what people do with tires, except your using boards.

I never have done the stack thing, but people say it works.
 

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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.
 

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Well it is not possible to grow that much amount of potato in such a small space as you have mentioned anyways. But yes you can get maximum as possible with indoor kind of grow like hydroponics.
 

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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.
Any updates???:)
 

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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.
 

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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.
Labor intensive, but the best way I have found.
 

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Most people mess this method up because they don't use the right kind of Potato. You can't just take any potato and do this. It has to be a late season or full season type of potato. Each time I add a new layer of dirt, I throw in some bone meal before adding the dirt. My potatoes grow like crazy doing this.
 
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