After watching the tops go yellow for a week, today was the day to do the big harvest. Who would have thought that four months had passed since the build stage of the potato tower?
A gentle shove, and a few potatoes spill out onto the ground.
My total harvest, not as big or as productive as I had hoped. 🙁
A whopping great 1.5kg of potatoes…
What a learning experience this has been, I have a long way to go before I catch up to my grandfather who grew bulk potatoes for wholesale. Not bad for a half arsed first try.
While the total cost to produce these potatoes was $12/kg (not too bad considering they can be as much as $6/kg in the supermarket), there are some simple things will do next time to increase my yields:
- More dirt / compost in the bottom of the bin
- Water more regularly
- Fertilise more regularly (including seaweed extract)
- Put straw on top in small regular amounts instead of 1ft every three weeks
- Build the bin higher as the leaves grow
- Insulate the inside to prevent too much heat transfer
This was a really worthwhile experience that I would recommend to any one, especially people with young children. I did get a tad excited picking them and I’m well over half way to 50, must be a big kid at heart.