This summer I am trying out the method of intensively growing potatoes in old tires. I wrote about it back in this post if you want more details. Essentially the goal is to grow more potatoes in less space, and reuse some old tires in the process.

So far, so good with the tires experiment. I am growing five different varieties of potatoes: Fingerling Russian Banana, Yukon Gold, Russet Norkotah, All Blue, and Red La Soda. I added the final tire to the ten stacks about a week ago. Time slipped away from me this summer, and I have a feeling I should have done that sooner, but better late than never? The tire stacks are now all three tires high.

I have surprised at how lovely the flowers are on a potato plant! Each variety seems to have a slightly different flower tint. They are suppose to be ready to harvest once the greens have all died back to yellow. So far they all look incredibly lush and happy, but the real test will be when we sort through the harvest. That update won’t be until probably September, when they are ready, but I will be sure to share the news of my this little experiment turned out.

UPDATE: Check out this later post about the harvest we got from our stacks!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson