Sunday, October 4, 2009

Uh-oh I have another project in mind...

You knew I couldn't go all year without coming up with another project. I was shopping on line for potato starts and saw the plans for "How to Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet." So I clicked on it and found the plans for the cage or bin method.

This is not a new idea. I first saw it over at Sinfonian’s Square Foot Garden in the Fall of 2008. I took that idea and used some leftover bricks. These potato beds worked well and looked great.....

...but I want to see if I can increase my yield for 2010. So the project will be to remove the current potato beds and replace them with the wooden "cage" method. I will be able to get three of them in the area where I currently have two beds. I will also be able to grow mid and late season potatoes with the "cage" method. I can only grow the early season potatoes with my current setup.

Other Garden News

I pulled out the tomatoes in bed 1. This bed will be left to rest over the Winter.

I planted some garlic, carrots and cauliflower in bed 2.

The battle of the squirrels continue. I hung two owls over beds 3 and 4 to try and scare them away.

I'll keep you posted on the new project :-)


  1. I was thinking of trying the potato bin too, but after reading the posts on GardenWeb, I decided to plant the traditional way in beds since I will be growing early potatoes and they don't seem to grow much along the stem.

    I can't wait to watch your progress on these.

  2. Liisa - I have yet to see anyone that has had results as advertised with the potato bin method. Even with late maturing varieties. I hope your crop is an exception, though. Best of luck to ya!

  3. Hi Muse,

    I did the early in my 8 inch beds and the yield was ok. I'll try again next year. I'm looking forward to trying mid and late season.

    Hi EC,
    Well lets see how it goes :-) Since I don't have a lot of room this is the best I can do to try the mid and late season. Stay tuned :-)

  4. i just love your garden. good luck with the potatoes!