DIY- Affordable Strawberry- Potato Tower.

Hey Everyone!  I decided to work a cool DIY project.  I decided to make a potato/strawberry towers. It’s super easy to make. It involves no digging or tilling. This was my first year doing a strawberry and a potato tower using the fence wire method.  I found this one method to be the easiest and the cheapest. For my supplies,  I only spend $40 dollar on the whole project. 🙂

 

 


Supplies:

  1. 3 to 4′ tall Wire fencing – something that is able to retain its form, use for many years.*I got mine at Lowes for a good price*

2. Wire cutters,

3. Some sort of twisty tie or pliable metal,

4.You could use straw, hay, newspaper, or weed fabric  – I prefer straw- less seeds and newspaper.

5.Compost – Good quality soil-   OR you can mix your own mixture of peat moss, compost, and perlite for good drainage. It will be cheaper in the long run.

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6. Decide on what vegetables/fruit, that  you would like to plant

For example – Potato seeds: 4-5lbs of potatoes, or 25-50 strawberry crowns.

7.Water/hose

8. Measuring tape.

9. Patience


Week prior to this- Go to the store and buy certified potato seeds. Make sure the potato are guaranteed to be disease free. Usually, potatoes need about 1-2 eyes per piece to grow successful. Cut the potatoes into pieces and it let it dry a min of 24 hours prior to planting. This will allow the seed to dry and avoid any rotting.

Like in my case. I got busy school and totally forgot about the seeds. Then two weeks later, I remember that I had potato seeds. I did notice that it grew a little bit of mold. This does not affect the seed anyway. I planted the seeds moldy and were able to grew into healthy plants.


 

Step 1-Use the wire cutters to cut out a section of the fence to create a cylinder container. Use a measuring tape  make sure it’s a least 2.5 to 3 ft in diameter.

Then you would use a piece of metal wire to tie the fence ends together.

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I place news paper underneath just to keep everything nice and neat. and I also used landscape pin just to keep the towers stable. Make sure the towers in a sunny, flat spot.

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*Tip make sure New paper is using non toxic ink- which is safe for garden  usage.

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3.  The first layer. 

I use straw as the first layer to create a barrier from the inside of the tower to help keep all of the soil in and hopefully reduce the loss of water due to evaporation during those hot sunny days.

The first layer of straw I will use about 4-6 inches of straw. Then using the straw you will create a bird nest inside.  This will help reduce the loss of soil, and it will give it a place for the soil. to stay in.

Afterwards, Shovel the soil inside the tower . Make sure its about 1 feet above the ground. This will allow the potatoes to develop nicely.

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Step 4:  Lay-down potato layer and water in… thoroughly!

Then lay the potatoes along the outside of the bin. Make sure the eyes are pointing out. It could be right next to the straw layer.  Then cover with dirt and water.

Step 5:  Then repeat step 3-4 until you finish filling the tower. Each layer is about 1 foot. I used about 4-5lbs of potatoes.

Step 6: Once you reach the top. you can add another layer of potatoes on top. So it grow on top of the tower.

Step 7: Make sure to keep the tower watered.

The towers has to be moist from the top and bottom. I usually get the hose and place it on top and let it water ( low pressure) for about 15-20 mins each week. This will help it absorbed the water and keep it moist for about a week

Check your soil every 2-3 days especially during the summer. For this project, you have to make sure the soil is wet and not dry.


Step 8: “The Waiting Period.” 

In 7-14 days you will be seeing little potato sprouts shooting out on the side of the potato tower.

You will have a medusa tower within a months periods.

Step 9- Harvest.

At the end of summer/fall or once the potato plants has died, it is time to harvest!  Just tip the tower on its side and pick the potatoes.

 

I was able to get 30lbs of Russell potatoes in one tower.


If you want to try this method with strawberries. Just follow the same steps, but make sure the crown is pointing towards the straw and the roots are pointing in the middle.

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Cecilia

Hi everyone name is Cecilia and, I'm 25 years old. I'm passionate about plants and gardening. At the age of 16, I was bitten by the gardening bugs, thanks to my grandma and my sweet, lovable mama. I plan to share my hopes, dreams, fears, and daily happenings in my life. When the days are beautiful. I enjoy going on road trips and especially go on hikes. I'm just recently graduate from college, and I was able to get my degree in Horticulture- Small Market Farming. Now I'm working on getting my IT innovation Degree at UNOmaha. My dream is to one day possess my own land out in the country, but near the city. Where I can be surrounded by peace and filled with inspiration with a little mix of technology. If you have any questions, feel free to email me :))

6 thoughts on “DIY- Affordable Strawberry- Potato Tower.

  1. This sounds great! I have a strawberry bed, but my clay soil does not produce many potatoes. I love to eat fresh grown potatoes and now you have shown me a way to do it. Thanks so much.

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    1. Yay! That’s great to hear. Let me know how it goes when you decided to build one 😀 When I got my potato harvest for this year I was pretty excited on how many potatoes i got. 😀

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