I love to garden and to save money. I also don’t have a super large backyard, so I didn’t want to take up a lot of space planting potatoes or any other crop. We use the square foot method for our tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and more. These towers take up little space and are easy to make. The following links are affiliate links – if you purchase something, I will make a small profit.
The cost of growing potatoes in the potato towers breaks down like this:
8 each 4 foot fence posts at $3.95 each = $31.60 (we had four, so we didn’t really spend that much)
Chicken wire at $29.95 (prices vary)
Bale of straw at $7.95 (prices vary)
Soil at $2.00 per bag, we bought 4 = $8.00 (So far, we have only used 1 1/2 bags) (prices vary)
Seed potatoes at $3.95 per bag (prices vary)
Zip strips at $2.00 (prices vary)
Total spent = $83.45 Now, I must back up a little and tell you that we already had the chicken wire and as I stated, we had four of the posts. It is important to remember the hardware for the tower will be used again and again. Next year the money spent will be for the soil, straw and seed potatoes.
If you take a few minutes to search Potato Towers on the internet, you will find them made of many different things. Tires, Bamboo Shades, trash bags, trash cans! The list is pretty endless.
We decided we wanted a tower that was aesthetically pleasing. So we chose posts and chicken wire.
Once the posts were hammered in the ground. We took the chicken wire and wrapped it around the posts. We didn’t pull the wire tightly so we created a circle. We attached the chicken wire with those little plastic zip ties. I let the chicken wire overlap a bit and bent the sharp edges back so I wouldn’t cut myself.
I wanted to make sure that when we were ready to harvest the potatoes, we could just clip the zip ties and let the potatoes fall out! Using zip ties also means we will be able to use the chicken wire again next year!
I laid some of the straw on the bottom of the tower and up the sides a few inches. I then laid about 4 or 5 inches of potting soil on top of the straw.
GROWING POTATOES UPDATE:
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