|Photo: potato towers, and ducks. Ducks!|
|Photo: tower contents|
The mini-towers are about two feet wide, and stand about 30" tall. Used some old chicken wire for the form. Lined the interior with recycled cardboard so the hens can't peck out the contents as easily. The cardboard will also help keep the soil cooler and hold in moisture better - a big consideration 'round here, especially as we're already experiencing days in the mid 70's ℉. Also added an extra layer of straw around the sides, and filled each tower part-way with nothing but pure compost (and a bit of straw to "lighten" the mix). Not all folks have luck using straw - someone (I forget who - what do they say is the first thing to "go" when you get older?) mentioned that using straw led to more problems with disease in her spuds. I'll be keeping a close eye during the growing season.
|Photo: Cinnamon, proving my point.|
I'll be planting the spuds this Sunday after work, as that's when the Farmer's Almanac claims is a fortuitous time for spud-planting. Call me superstitious, but gardening can be such a crap-shoot that I'll take all the advantages - real or imagined - that I can get!
|Photo: the girls getting serious about their job.|
|Photo: The girls finishing the job in the compost bin.|