We eat a ton of potatoes. Probably more than most folks do. We make poutine at least once or twice a week, so it’s safe to say that we go through a lot of spuds over a year. Traditional methods of growing potatoes are both labour intensive and space consuming. Long rows which must be tilled, fertilized and raked into hills. It’s a lot of work.

This year, we are comparing 3 different methods of growing potatoes. First, the obvious – growing potatoes in towers. This is an efficient way of using vertical growing methods to raise a crop of potatoes without taking up a huge footprint in your yard or garden. Second, we are growing potatoes in buckets. This is a relatively common method used by many folks to grow potatoes in small spaces. And third, we have dedicated one 24 foot row in one of our gardens to use the traditional method of growing potatoes in the ground, and hilling up the soil as the plants grow.

This first video of the season goes over how we plant our potato towers. The growing medium, spacing and planting the entire tower at once.

Chitting Potatoes How To: https://youtu.be/FPUqozyp__Y

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POTATO TOWERS 2020 – Comparing Buckets vs Rows vs Towers – Small Space Backyard Potato Planters

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17 Comments

  • Matthew Farrell
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    I like the watering idea. I think I'll try that this spring. The only thing I might do differently is drill smaller holes on the bottom and larger ones on top. I think that might distribute the water a little more evenly.

  • Margarita1 Mantilla
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    So great people experiencing. As far as i know…andean people has experiencied already all about growing potatoes for many thousands of years. Being an andean person i can say…potatoes do not grow so close, or so many in such a tiny spaces… they will produce really lots apart from each other and also covering every few months around… but its okey every single person can grow potatoes the way they wish

  • george mueller
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    can you grow sweet potatoes this way? are any potato varieties better than another? determinate vs. indeterminate? other tubers work this way? rutabagas?

  • MrSoggyjocks
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    Everytime he pounds the ground with the fork i keep expecting lightning to shoot out like its aquamans trident or thors hammer.

  • MouseOfVirtue
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    Great info. Must be inconvenient/ expensive to bring in all your own soil? I planted four buckets this year for the first time, 3 out of 4 died. I read not to overwater but I probably underwatered.

  • lettertube
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    I'm trying a tower for the first time this year. I read all the comments below and like to add one thing, that watering tube is interesting. I'd fill it with 1/2 crushed rock (I see you have plenty of rock on hand 🙂 and lessen the holes in the lower half of the tube.
    Hello and Cheers from the Iron Range of Minnesota !

  • mfourni6 CP & CN Kaministiquia Sub
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    It's been 3 weeks any updates on the vertical potatoes. Are you able to make a video with an update??

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