Potato Towers Harvest #3

June 30, 2016Katie

This weekend we dumped over one of the Potato Towers.

We dumped it onto a tarp so that we could put the dirt/straw into the compost afterward and keep it off the ground.  And then we started sifting through the jumbled pile for potatoes.


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Hello red potato!

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Now I must confess, I was a tad disappointed in the quantity we picked up.  While it seemed like every seed potato piece had sprouted and produced a plant, many of them only had one or two potatoes on them.

After reading the instructions on potato towers, I had in mind that I might get at a minimum twenty pounds of potatoes per tower.

However, this was our entire haul of this tower.

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So as any good gardener does, we ponder…

*Did we plant in the correct location for sun and water?

*Should we have let them grow for a longer time period?

*What should we have done differently?

Got any suggestions?

All in all, we are going to enjoy fresh organic red potatoes tonight so I am happy.

I just wish there were more!

harvest potato towers

For a brief video showing our harvesting check it out below!

To read about planting and constructing the towers read my previous posts:

Potato Towers #1

Potato Towers #2

7 Comments

  • Liz

    May 10, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Did you ever figure out how to get a better harvest?
    1. Katie

      June 16, 2020 at 11:42 am

      No we've not tried again this year.
  • Robbie

    April 1, 2021 at 11:10 am

    I did tried the experiment too. I did the same method, with seed potatoes but left them in the ground longer. I also fertilized regularly. I got approx 10 lbs out of one tower. I tried the next year, but the plants got a fungus (hit entire garden) after allot of rain. I will be trying again. I am going to try the one layer and add soil as the plants grow. Of course this will be in addition to the tried and true method. Great post.
  • Sapphire

    May 21, 2021 at 12:26 am

    What kind of soil or fertilizer did you use? Phosphorus and potassium supposedly help them produce lots. I'm thinking of trying a couple towers next year and dumping some rock dust and banana peels in there when I plant them. Growing up, we dumped wood ash on them, but I know that can mess with the ph and I live in a totally different location and soil type compared to where I grew up. So I'm going to try the rock dust and banana peels first in my new home.
    1. Katie

      June 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      Sapphire - I don't think we actually fertilized at all!
      1. Sapphire

        June 3, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        Ah! So maybe you're location and such was good. :D Hopefully they just needed more vitamins to really take off for you. I like fertilizing anything I'm messing with since dirt and store-bought soils can lose their vitamins so easily. If you buy a bag of soil that got rained on a few times, there's a chance some of the water got into the bag and leached some of the nutrients out. I started fertilizing all the time after I spent good money on soil (that was sitting outside in bags) and had my plants all fail in it. If you decide to try again, I hope that it works out much better for you. :D
      2. Katie

        June 25, 2021 at 9:31 am

        Sapphire - thanks for the suggestion! I will try that next time for sure!

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