Paul Nickerson

The Potato Tower: Bigger and (Hopefully) Better!

In Alternative Agriculture on June 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

Outdoor Potato Tower

After the problems with Fire Safety, who apparently were under the impression I had a heat lamp in my room, I reconstructed my Indoor Potato Tower in my basement to continue seeing how that would turn out.

In an effort to upscale the Potato Tower project, I have also constructed this larger tower in the garden at the school. It is currently six feet tall, and about four feet across. To maximize space, I planted it with Red Pontiac potatoes. As a filling media I am using a compost-soil mix that will provide a high amount of nutrients for the plants.

For those of you who are confused as to why we are burying beautiful plants, potatoes grow along the buried stem of the plant. By increasing the amount of stem we are able to bury, we can drastically increase yield per unit ground space.

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