Most people love potatoes but it’s definitely a crop that can take up lots of garden space.
Luckily there’s been a surge of creative container ideas for growing your potatoes vertically instead of in ground.
Making use of vertical space is perfect for potatoes because as the plants grow taller and you add more soil & depth, the more spuds will grow increasing your yield.
I first thought of this when seeing my potato plants become super tall & flower beautifully in the above photo. I started hilling up the soil around the plants but eventually it kept falling down.
Would a container keep that soil contained and increase yield?
I’ve tried a couple of containers for potatoes in burlap bags as it was super frugal. We also tried growing them in a DIY potato pallet.
I reviewed these methods in ‘Which is the Best Way to Grow Potatoes’ but sadly I didn’t get the same yield as in the ground method with hilling up the soil.I would like to try the pallet method again as perhaps the soil wasn’t rich enough or it wasn’t getting enough sunlight. One container I keep seeing to help with this is a DIY potato growing box where you add planks of wood as the plants grow so they still gain sunlight. This also helps because you need to add the soil slowly as the plant grows.
Make sure the potatoes you grow in containers are ‘main season’ potatoes not the small ‘early’ ones because the plants won’t grow tall enough to make use of the space.
I’ve been wanting to try more of these creative potato growing containers that take up less space and promise more yield. This summer we’ll be trying some of these creative container ideas so stay tuned for how it turns out!
Here’s some DIY & containers you can buy for growing potatoes in a small space
I’ve seen a lot of potato towers where you have to nail or drill pieces in as the plant grows which is sort of a constant hassle if you’re like me and aren’t great with tools.
With this design you slide in the planks of wood making it easier, although maybe more expensive initially I think it would be worth it in the long run. Learn how to build it here.
This potato growing barrel is gorgeous! I love the harvesting slot at the bottom although I’m not sure how easy it would be to empty and rotate the soil. You can get one here.
You can also buy inexpensive potato growing bags! West Coast Seeds has this great image to show you how they work. Canadians get them from West Coast Seed here or if you’re in the U.S here (affiliate link).