It’s that time of year again!
Now that we’re on the other side of the switch to daylight savings time, we’re that much closer to the point where we can resurrect those gardens.
Couple this with the recent FDA approval of a GMO potato and I’d say you’ve got yourself a pretty damn good reason to add potatoes to your list of crops to be grown this season.
But wait – isn’t growing a decent amount of potatoes super difficult?
On the surface, yes. There are a host of problems you can run into when it comes to growing potatoes. But with this handy trick I’m about to show you, your potato harvest this year will be incredible!
How incredible? How does 100 pounds of potatoes in a 4 square foot container sound?
What You’ll Need
Note that this list, unlike your average grocery store potato, is completely GMO-free!
- Six 2-inch by 6-inch boards, 8 feet long
- One 2-inch by 2-inch board
- 2.5-inch wood screws x96
- Seed potatoes
Pine, cedar or redwood will resist rot longer than other types.
Building The Container
To construct the box the potatoes will be growing in, first cut the 2-by-2 piece of wood into four pieces 33 inches long. Then, cut the 2-by-6 boards into 12 pieces 21 inches long and 12 pieces 24 inches long.
Next, you’ll want to pre-drill the screw holes in your 2-by-6 boards and attach them to the 2-by-2 pieces.
After this, place the structure over prepared soil and plant you potatoes four inches deep. When you notice the vines have grown about a foot above the soil, add more boards as shown in the diagram below. Repeat until the box is closed.
The following additional tips come from the Seattle Times’ interview with Greg Lutovsky, a professional potato farmer since 1993 who invented this method of potato farming.
Firstly, he directs you to plant as early as April or as late as August. This will guarantee you a harvest by sometime in November. He also directs you to cut apart larger seed potatoes to make sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant.
Dusting the cut pieces with fir dust will seal the open points off from bacteria. You’ll want to regularly water your potato crop so they are kept at an even moisture level.
When it comes time to tear down the box and reap the harvest, keep some sort of marker on the spot where you planted. You’ll want to avoid planting there again to avoid infecting new crop with any diseases last year’s potatoes may have attracted.
Check out this video to see the sort of harvest you might expect if your potato box works out as planned.
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