We are trying the wire cage and hay/straw method this year for potatoes.
We built these yesterday, put down a piece or hardware cloth wire to keep moles out of them! Put down a good pile of hay every where to help prevent weeds, then put liners inside made from weed cloth, filled with compost.
As the potatoes make plants I will fill with hay/straw as they grow. The potatoes should make potatoes just all the way up in the hay straw. This is suppose to work :O). When its time to dig we unhook the wire and dump the whole thing on the ground. Easy tator digging for sure.
The three giant black pots honeyman got free from a tree landscaper on a job. These will be for our sweet potatoes! Not time to plant those yet but we got them put in place and filled with compost.
I was so tired last night from shoveling dirt to fill all these I couldn't even think.. That is a good tired though no? Gardening tired is always a good feeling. Went to bed at 7:40 and slept 12 hours ROFL.
They are all a good 36" plus diameter.
We used left over fencing pieces to build them.
I would not recommend this. We did not get the potatoes we had hoped for planting like this.
I am going back to planting in the ground :O).
Potatoes scabbing over. I have five varieties to try this year. 2 fingerling varieties, 2 red varieties and 1 russet.
As you can see some of my tators are sprouted heavily. Those are actually some potatoes that someone gave me last year they grew! I saved them for seed potatoes this year as theirs did very well.
My little greenhouse is stuffed full. It has 1 Kumquat, 2 lemon and 1 lime tree in it. I had to move the Avocado tree to the garage to move everything around to fit shelves for seedlings. I will be able to get them out soon as we will be past freezing dates soon.