05 June 2009

100 lbs. Of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet!!!!

I just read this tip on Tipnut.com about growing 100lbs of potatoes in just 4 square feet of ground space. I must admit, I feel rather silly about not coming to this conclusion sooner. Don't get me wrong, I knew about the upwards growing of potatoes but had turned down the chance as I refuse to use tires in my garden. They're made for cars and roads, not for food. I just don't trust that they won't be toxic to our food. I hadn't thought of wooden boxes, mostly because we just don't have the money to go buying wood. I love one of the commentors stating "You need not buy lumber. There are plenty of used wooden pallets that are free for the taking."... hahaha not in NZ mate! Well, I don't know anywhere you can get them or wood free but if you do... please let me know :)

I'm wondering if this will stop the potatoes leeking out the sides and growing anywhere else they please. I have them running rampant in a corner of my garden already and just want to contain them (plus growing up would give us tuns more - yipeeee!). I thought of diggin a trench and putting corrugated iron down under the surface to contain them, now I'll have to consider this or combine the 2 plans - gee I love potatoes, don't you? :D


John said...

In our last house the garden was slopping, to make flat beds for our veg patch I went to the building recycling yard. They had heaps of wood. It wasn't free but it was cheap!

tomandemma said...

You can get pallets down at RD1 on the main road...


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