Is there any that knows how this works and have you tried it? I have read many articles on this method and want to try it. I have been saving newspaper and have save eight bales of straw for the top cover. I'm looking forward to Spring and all the planting that will get done.
try this video - I found it to be very useful. I haven't tried it before, I usually grow in one of my raised beds. But space is tight this year so I'm going with this! Good luck to all!
I just learned about this fabulous technique as well!!
A man from the farm was sharing with me his potato experience last year.. Apparently he went the reeeally easy route and simply planted some seed potatoes into a trash barrel filled with straw. He had drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage, kept it well watered, and voila, 20 lbs of potatoes. Amazing! I ran home to research and learned that for happier potatoes, it is recommended to lay them on an initial layer of mulch, before piling hay on top for growing medium. The method that I'm going to try was to add 6" of straw/hay at a time, wait until you see some shoots poking through, then add 6" more. I read you can build that up to two or three feet. Additionally, if you have some way of removing the sides, you can harvest the earliest grown potatoes at the bottom while the plant continues to produce higher up. So cool. I'm not sure how to adapt this technique to my trash barrel dream, but I'm hoping to come up with something.
What growing technique are you going with??
I could've sworn that I just read an article on this. Can't remember where though.
I only have a balcony and not much access to land, has anyone tried growing potatoes in a wine barrel? I've seen the posts about growing hundreds of pounds of them, but don't know anyone that's done it.
Here's a nice how-to on building a potato "tower" - good step-by-step photos, too!