The weather may still be cold, but before you know it, spring will be here. It may seem like jumping the gun, but now is actually the best time to start planning what you want to do with your garden this year. Especially if you're going to plant fruits and vegetables for consumption, planning ahead is important if you want to have a bountiful harvest.
Of all the veggies that you could grow in the garden, potatoes are among the most versatile in the kitchen. On top of that, ordinary white potatoes are incredibly easy to grow. All you have to do is buy some seed potatoes from your local garden store, cut them into pieces each containing at least three eyes, plant them with the eyes facing upwards, and water as necessary. As long as the soil is moist, you don't really have too much to worry about.
The project featured in the video below shows an alternative to planting potatoes in a conventional vegetable garden. This method uses what is known as a potato box. You may be asking yourself what the advantages of a potato box are. After all, it seems like a lot of trouble for a vegetable that is hard to mess up. In short, it's a great way to produce a massive yield of potatoes in a relatively small space. This is also especially helpful if the soil in your yard happens to be of particularly bad quality.
You start off by planting several potatoes in a sufficient level of soil. Once the shoots have begun to grow, you can add another layer of soil above it and add more potatoes. In addition to the added potatoes, the existing ones will also take advantage of the extra space once the potato tower starts to get tall enough. As you add more soil to the box, add more planks of wood to hold the soil within. Think of it as a kind of potato apartment complex. Instead of occupying your entire garden to grow 100lbs of potatoes, you can do the same thing while using only four square feet. To learn more about the advantages of potato boxes, be sure to check out this link.
H/T: Jason Hunt