Potato Tower Wrap-up - Out with a Whimper

Lucky the Roo, surveying his domain.
I ended up harvesting the last of the potatoes within two weeks of the initial harvest. I never got around to writing about it, as the yield was okay, but nothing to write home about (although others have had better results). That said, I like the compact growing method of the tower, and will try again next year. Definitely want to try growing sweet potatoes, and I think our weather here will support the process. In the towers themselves, will probably try a 50/50 compost/soil mixture next time, with a bit of organic phosphorus added, instead of using pure compost. Some day I'll test the compost we make here on the property, but I imagine it's fairly high in nitrogen due to the large amounts of wood shavings and chicken poo from cleaning out the coop.

Another thing I learned: if you want fresh potatoes to last for more than a few days, you need to cure them. Whodathunkit? Not I, and I was hoppin' mad at myself for letting the spuds go to waste like that. Tsk!


  1. I'm hearing pallets make a great tower. And Deb... pine needles. They go NUTS with pine needles!

  2. WeldrBrat, would you believe our soil is too alkaline to support pines & traditional conifers? We do have some forms of cedar, but no pine at all. Our local garden center doesn't even sell them.

  3. Soooo...how does one "cure" fresh potatoes?

  4. VWalters - see this link for how to cure potatoes... http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=314705

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