alternate pathways, tree roots and looking up

front walkway through vegetable beds integrated among perennials backyard pathway leading to wooded area and driveway pathway al...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

potatoes









Potatoes can be a challenge in a small urban space. One of the most popular way to grow potatoes is in a burlap sack, or even by stacking old tires. Now I would NOT use old tires because of the possible asbestos and lead contamination, let alone the rubber itself. I have used burlap sacks, however, in the wet PNW weatehr they will break down leaving you with a bottomless bag by harvest time. Another alternative, which worked well for me, was an old tree planter from a nursery. It was large, light weight, had drainage holes in it, and was free. OK, aside from the purchase of the original tree...but I was REUSEing ;)