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. 

 


UPDATE 5/23/2014
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.
            

             

13 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i know you were in 'good tired' heaven sleeping that long and hard! but i know how much you enjoyed gardening, too - especially if honeyman was helping you. :)

Patty Woodland said...

Look at all that fruit! I'm jealous!

edenhills said...

That looks like an interesting way of doing potatoes. I'll be anxious to hear how it works. I'm jealous that you are already into gardening season!

A Quiet Corner said...

When we left VA, we brought a bunch of our potatoes, then cut them and planted them in my MIL's garden...they were good!...:)JP

Sandy said...

Hey Sweetie,

I love your greenhouse and all the fruit trees :-)

Great setup for your potato growing, I found this to be so much easier than having to dig up potatoes at harverst time. I did the same thing with my sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes grew really well with compost and straw.
I'll be doing it again this year, my surroundings will be old tires. I like the idea of using large planting pots. Honeyman did good by getting those nice size pots from the nursery.

Gardening to me is very relaxing, when your done doing the work. You'll sleep like a baby :-)

Give Keeper a scratch for me.
Your Friend,
Sandy

IsobelleGoLightly said...

My lady did the potato bags last year. If we'd had more sun they would have been better but she still got a little harvest. We just have too many tall trees.

Kev Alviti said...

The citrus in your greenhouse looks amazing. Where I live it would be far to cold even with the green house for them.

Terry said...

Love the kumquat!

I am going to try potatoes in containers this year too. I bookmarked this page awhile ago -
http://greenupgrader.com/11708/4-simple-steps-to-grow-a-hundred-pounds-of-potatoes-in-a-barrel/
It's gotta be better than last year's pitiful crop.

Melodie said...

That's a lot of taters! I hope they do really good for you, since I am doing the same thing I hope they do good for us both,lol!

John Gray said...

I love the mesh basket idea
Will try it myself me. Thinks

Dana said...

Wow! You are busy! I wish you lived near me to inspire gardening. Thanks for the kind words. We are doing ok. Swimming is great! Keep it up.

Gammy Tammy said...

I tried this years ago Texan, but I must have done something wrong. I'll have to watch as your potatoes grow to see how to do it the "right" way!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Bri said...

Well I'm jealous you have a greenhouse for starters! I can't wait for growing season up here in the great white north! I just got back into gardening last year for the first time since I was a teenager and I can't wait to do it again this year!