Growing potatoes in a tower is one of the easies ways to grow potatoes. Over the years my husband and I have grown potatoes in different ways. When we grew them straight in the ground, we didn’t get as many potatoes as we would have liked to have gotten for the space we used in the garden. We grew them in tires. As soon as we saw a little of green come up we would on top and fill it with dirt. that method was a complete failure. I am pretty sure we did something wrong with that method. Then one year I saw a tower on the internet I asked my husband to build me a “cage”. Our first year we had success! but my husband thought we could do better. So the next year it was bigger and we added watering tubes. We got an even better yield that year. Last year he came up with the pallet tower and we had the best yield to date. This year’s growing potatoes adventure we made both the wire cage and the pallet towers.
So let’s get to it! First I want to let you know we used a lot of materials we already had, so measurements are estimates on my part. For the field wire fence tower you will need enough to make a “cage” about 3 feet in diameter. This is where you will wire cutter and pliers. Once you have cut it bring the fencing around onto itself to make the “cage”. Hook the ends so the “cage” will stay. The “cage” shown in the pictures have been cut shorter than the fencing come to you. Again, we are just using what we had around.(1) The fencing comes in about 5 foot tall.
Then cut the PVC pipe in half. Glue the cap on one end. Drill 3 holes spaced evenly around the pipe. Go up about 6 inches and drill 3 more. Keep going until you reach the top.
Next, stand the “cage” up right and fill the bottom and a little way up the sides with the hay or straw, building a nest of sorts. ( 2 & 3)
Fill part way with dirt. While you are filling with dirt put the PVC pipe in the middle.(4)
Plant your potatoes on the outside edge and add more dirt.(5 & 6) Build another nest. Repeat until you get to the top, ending with dirt.(7 &8)Those little hands in picture 6 is our grandson. He was so happy to help Grandpa.
The pallet tower in basically the same except to start out you are going to wire 3 of the 4 pallets together. Build a few layers of nest, dirt, potatoes, then put the 4th side on and finish the rest of the layers.
When you are ready to harvest just unhook the wire and dig out your potatoes. Fresh potatoes are so yummy. That is the biggest reason we have a garden year after year, fresh vegtables are the BEST
We save the material year after year and we move where the towers are in our garden every year. We heard this is a good idea for disease prevention and to replenish the nutrients in the soil.
Growing potatoes in a tower supply list:
For the wire tower you will need the following:
Field wire fencing or wire fencing that has big enough holes so the plants will grow through ( my guess the smallest you could go would be 2 inch holes).
Supplies for either tower:
hay or straw about a half of bale for one (taller) tower
4 inch PVC pipe (they come in 10 foot sections which will make 2)
Hacksaw or a circular saw
1/4 inch drill bit
Growing potatoes in these towers are one of my favorite things in our garden. They don’t take up much room in the garden. They are easy to water because of the PVC pipes. And best of all, fresh potatoes are so yummy. That is the biggest reason we have a garden year after year, fresh vegetables are the BEST! Do you have a garden? What is your favorite vegetables to grow?