Friday, 8 June 2012

Potatoe cages

Last summer we took out our garden cause it really wasnt in the best location and I wanted raised gardens instead (still waiting for the raised part)  oh that and with working and the kids and blah blah blah I just didnt want to have to keep up a huge garden so this year we will be trying some new ideas that I have found here and there online
One of them is Potato cages
You need wire I used just square wire (good golly that is technical isnt it?)
straw ( i had lots left over from my chicken coop cause I load it full to the brim in the winter)
seed potatoes

First layer some straw and then make it a nest so it climbs up the sides then fill in the nest with soil - put your potatoes along the outside - try to get the eyes facing out.  Cover the potatoes with dirt then make another nest one top of that with straw so on and so forth until you reach the top - i want to put some plants in the top to like hmm you could put flowers or say some other veges like spinach or lettuce or something.  Will update this when they start to sprout - If the start to sprout lol

My helper - Gracie

This was taken on June 20th and yep they are definitly sprouting!  I wonder if its to late to make some more?

So they did work - they died but not because they didnt work mostly cause i got busy and forgot to water them!   I got a nice pan full last night of new potatoes for supper mmmm sooo delicious!!!
Next year I think I will be placing them over in the one corner of our yard and I will put either a) a soaker hose through the middle of all of them or b) a piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled in it down the middle of them to make watering them easier  but definitely will have at least 6 or 7 of them in the yard  also note to self put bean plants along fence in the one corner!!!!


  1. Corrina, How often do you water it and how? From the top? sides? Stupid question, I know! Thanks, Meg

  2. When I did water them I just did it from the top and just shoved the hose in the sides occasionaly but I havent had to water much so far as we are having a really wet spring. but as I was doing it someone suggested in putting a soaker hose down the middle so you could just water them that way. sounds like a good idea to me so maybe next year I will perfect them (thats if they work this year)