How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

If you know me, you know that I love a potato. I could really eat potatoes pretty much every day and not get sick of them. In fact, my pops and I were just talking tonight about how we both love cooking with the mighty potato.
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So! You can imagine my joy when I came across this awesome article on Re-Nest about growing your own in a tiny space! All you need is some wood (maybe pallets would work?), seed potatoes (that’s potatoes that have sprouted eyes), soil, and fertilizer.

A commenter even says that instead of building the box, you can start your potatoes inside an old tire. As the plants grow, you just stack more tires on top! I’m not sure how you’d go about getting at the spuds that grow towards the bottom this way, though.

Check out the whole article, including directions on how to construct the box and some fun potato facts over at Re-Nest!

I’m not sure if I have it in me to build something so ambitious this year, but it’s definitely got me thinking about planting some potatoes! I didn’t realize you could grow them in spring and summer. For some reason, they seemed more like winter plants. Maybe the next time I take too long making it through a bag, I’ll plant the sprouty ones instead of composting them!

3 comments on “How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet
  1. I’m gonna do the tire/potato thingy this year. I picked up my first discarded tired off the street today, and my neighbors have more. I need a local (ATL) source for seed potatoes, though – interesting ones. Anybody?

  2. Oh awesome! I might take you up on a couple of seed potatoes – I need to peek at the yard and see where they’d fit!

    How does the tire dealie work as far as harvesting the stuff closer to the ground? Do you just lift up the tires? I’m picturing potatoes growing all up inside the tires where you couldn’t get at them. Or maybe it’s just a two-man job to harvest!

  3. Hey lady! I have about 10 varieties of seed potatoes waiting to be planted. I’m giving some to LL, but I’ve got more than I can use so I’ll be happy to share. We went on a hunt around the neighborhood for old tires last weekend and filled up Nick’s truck. We are gonna give the potato tire tower a try.

    Also you when planting potatoes you want to make sure to get seed potatoes not just regular potatoes from the store. Potatoes are really susceptable to lots of diseases and seed potatoes are certified to be disease free and will give much higher yeilds.

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