Sunday, August 15, 2010

Our Potato Box

Here is my own garden in a rare appearance. Actually, I need to give all of the credit to my husband as he has done most of the work this year. I wanted to put up a photo of his potato box which he built this spring. So far it has looked perfectly successful with large foliage and no disease. This photo was taken about a month ago and so two more levels of wood have been added since then.


  1. Wow -- very nice garden! Kick-ass cabbages, great potatoes, happy squash. I can't quite make out what is planted in the three straight rows at the left-center but am guessing peppers based on foliage.

    What is he using for fertilizer?

    I see so-called tomato supports in the background. May I suggest that this garden is deserving of better -- perhaps tomato cages made from concrete-reinforcing wire, 5' tall and maybe 2' across, for which you need a piece around 6' long. HD or Lowe's may sell pieces but, if not, old-fashioned lumber yards will often cut pieces for you and sell by the foot. You plant you tomato in the center of the caged area and don't pinch off any growth, keeping all growth inside the cage, and there's no tying involved. The yield is increased greatly.

    Anyhow, the garden looks great!


  2. Jonathan,
    Thanks for the compliments. You must be a gardener. Yes, those are peppers. While many vegetables love the cooler climate here, like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, etc. tomatoes do not. Here our tomato crop tends to be lacking. Unfortunately the cages don't get stressed here like they did when we lived in Nebraska they could literally take down the supports pictured. Around here we've been seeing good gardeners twine their tomatoes. They put two steel posts on either end of the tomato row and then weave each plant between two pieces of twine and they pinch off the branching parts of the tomato. Another thing that does great here are the peppers, especially the jalapenos. As for fertilizer, none so far, but this bed is only on its second year so the soil is pretty new and contains some manure. We compost religiously and don't even have a garbage disposal so ten years from now I expect our soil to be much better in quality than it is now.

  3. How did your potato box work out? I've heard mostly disaster stories, and was curious to find someone who has done it successfully.

  4. Just posting this because I forgot to check "email followup comments"

  5. Crevo
    Thanks so much for commenting as this subject is one I'd like to know more about. Our potato box was a wipe-out, a total failure. We are thinking that the concept doesn't work since all the plant's energy goes towards making foliage all summer long. We have another acquaintance here in town that tried it for the 1st time this summer and theirs wasn't successful either. For now, I'll assume they don't work unless you report back to me that you are finding some success stories, ok? This is worth a blog post, but I'm about a million posts behind right now. I will try to mention it sometime before this next gardening season begins as it requires a great deal of effort and expense.