Paul Nickerson

Potatoes from Tower

In Alternative Agriculture, Gardening on November 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

So I finally had the opportunity to dig the potatoes from my outdoor tower. Unfortunately, I have been living in Philly, and have not been able to maintain the tower: watering, piling. Because of this, the tower was not piled since I left it in August. Moreover, rain seems to have washed dirt from inside the wire tower, uncovering the plants. When I went to dig up the potatoes, the dirt was only about ten inches deep. These potatoes were all that were produced this year in the tower.

The potatoes we planted in furrows were also few and far between this year. In both the furrows and the tower, there were numerous potatoes that were mushy, destroyed by either a fungus or insect.

Next year I will be around for the entire growing season, and will be able to keep a closer eye on the tower. I am hoping that with some more attention next year this tower method will produce more. Also, I will be mixing more straw into the mix next season to make digging easier and keep the dirt from becoming so compact with rain.

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