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Monday, April 10, 2017

Stop buying potatoes. Here’s how to grow an endless supply of potatoes right at home

Producing and growing your own potatoes has never been easier. Thanks to the team over at LiveDan330.com, you can build your own potato garden in your backyard using just a few items.
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Potatoes are one of the easiest produces to grow on your own. They don’t require a lot of attention, and with this neat potato tower trick, you can grow a lot of potatoes all at once.
To get started you will need the following:
  • Wire fencing that’s 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide
  • Straw
  • Compost or Dirt
  • Seed potatoes
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First, install posts in a square shape. Make sure they are 18 inches apart from each other. This is the foundation for your potato tower.
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Next, take your wire and wrap it around the posts like a fence. Then, cut it so you have a horizontal leg to wrap around the vertical leg you created when you started fencing. Use pliers to crimp ends together.
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Add hay, compost, and dirt to create an environment in which potatoes can grow.
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Take two pounds of seed potatoes (about 8 medium-sized potatoes) and cut them up. Leave four eyes attached to each piece.
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Tuck the potatoes in the dirt and compost. Make sure the green buds are facing out towards the straw. Then, cover the potatoes with a few inches of dirt and lay down another set of potatoes. Do this until the potatoes are all gone. At the top of the tower, plant the eyes in the middle to ensure that potatoes grow upwards. Water the tower routinely
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Your potato tower will slowly start to grow upwards and vertically as the plants boom.
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Harvesting the potatoes is extremely easy. Pull away the straw and compost, and you will quickly uncover your potatoes. Make sure you don’t water the tower before you harvest… otherwise you will be digging through mud!
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This potato tower produces plentiful amounts of potatoes. You’ll have enough to last you for awhile!
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Watch the video below for more information.
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