An ingenious way to maximize your potato harvest. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
One of the easiest ways to grow potatoes, when space is limited, is by using upcycled materials.
Potato tire towers, is one example, which are made of used tires stacked on top of one another. The reason these work so well is that potato plants produce really well when grown vertically.
To do this, you will need several used car tires, gravel or mid-sized rocks, potting soil with extra compost and potato slips or several small seed potatoes. Choose a sunny spot for your tower. Use the gravel or rocks as a base and then stack as many tires as you prefer. Pour in your compost-rich soil to a little over the halfway mark.
If you’re using two tires to start with, then fill one up completely, followed by another inch or two. Water enough, so the soil is moistened but not saturated.
Next, take four medium or five small seed potatoes or slips. Nestle each of these into the soil about 1.5 to 2 inches deep. Once these are pushed in, cover them with another few inches of soil. Water lightly again.
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