Eight and a half ‘no dig’ ways to grow the humble spud!

DIY Potato Planter Ideas

Fresh is best and that applies to the humble spud as much as any other food! But potatoes are typically very inexpensive when store bought so is it really worth the effort to grow them yourself? Because potatoes are a high yielding crop, you only need to set aside a small area to grow them.  The whole idea of the ‘no dig’ principle is that you keep adding soil as the potatoes grow. Here are eight ways you can grow them in a ‘no dig’ vertical garden…

Potato Planters

Each method has the potential to yield 100 kgs (220 lbs) or more of potatoes per m2! Remember that your crop needs a good rich soil with ample but not excessive watering.

Potato Planters

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Laundry Basket

Don’t throw out that tired old laundry basket! As you can see, these plastic baskets make perfect planters for your potatoes, tool. Because this is a very open system, be sure not to let your growing medium dry out.

Garbage Bags

If you want something easy to make, you can use biodegradable garbage bags. These are great if you are in a cold zone and want to get an early season start since the bags readily absorb the sun’s warmth.

Wire Cage

Do you have any excess chicken wire from a previous project? Perfect! This kind of planter is also one of the easiest to build and harvest. 🙂

Old Tires

Have your kids outgrown the tire sandbox you made for them? Use it for this purpose! If you have access to a good number of old tires, then you should have no problem with growing all kinds of potatoes! Note that there is some opposition to using tires as there is a possibility of chemicals leaching from the tires to the food. We suggest you do your own research.

Plastic Barrels

I don’t know about your household but between detergents and bulk foods, we get our share of 20 litre (5 gallon) containers! We keep finding new uses for them and now, here’s another!

Build-As-You-Grow

The name speaks for itself. Just keep adding one level of wood boards as your potatoes grow. Simple!

Wine Barrels

Want a beautiful planter for your beautiful garden? You can never go wrong with this rustic wine barrel planter! Mind you, given the cost of the barrels, you’d need to be planting gourmet potatoes!

Pallets

Ah yes… the humble pallet. Pallets can be almost anything you want, including a potato planter!

Potato Tubs

And the half? Well, if you are really restricted for space, here’s a great option for growing spuds in a tiny footprint. They’re called ‘potato tubs‘, cost around $7.50 each and they’re good for a few seasons.  That means you can even grow your crop on an apartment balcony!

Potato tubs are designed to fit in the smallest of spaces...
Potato tubs are designed to fit in the smallest of spaces…

The bottom line is that growing your own spuds is easy and a fun project! Which idea are you going for? 🙂

Grow your own spuds with this Potato Patio Planter

 




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