This weekend was beautiful. The sun was shining and I had an opportunity to play in my garden. I loved it. Gardening is like therapy for me - free, provided by mother nature. My first task at hand was to build my potato towers. I know, sounds a bit unconventional, but they're a pretty awesome idea. I can't take credit for the idea. I got it from a poster on Pinterest (have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?). We have a fairly large back yard, but not enough space to grow potatoes the conventional way, and have room for Son to run and jump and play. So when I saw the post on potato towers I knew it was the answer to my puzzle.
I used one roll of chicken wire, a newspaper, garden soil, and two boxes of seed potatoes.
First I split the roll of wire in half (approximately) and made two tall wire cylinders, using wire to sew the ends together.
Next I placed newspaper along the outside edge and added a foot of soil, placed my potato seeds along the outside edge, layered with another foot of soil and another layer of potato seeds. There are 3 layers of potato seeds in each tower. One tower of white potatoes, one tower of red.
My towers are not as pretty as the Pinterest version as I could not find straw and had to use newspaper along the outside instead. If all works well, I should get 60lbs of potatoes from each tower. This will be way too many potatoes for a family of 3 to eat, so my plan is to cut and freeze them as fries and home fries to be used over the winter months.