Harvesting Potatoes from a Potato Tower

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Potato towers are a great way to grow a crop of spuds in a small footprint. If it it a wooden tower you simply lift off each segment and begin harvesting. This is a page about harvesting potatoes from a potato tower.
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We made a potato tower two years ago. We planted it with seed potatoes, added soil as the plants grew, and then proceeded to forget about harvesting them.

This year the plants started to grow again, so we decided to leave them alone and see what happened. The potatoes from last year continued to grow and when the plants died back we harvested our crop! I can only imagine how many we would have gotten, had we done a better job of tending to them. :)

If you want to make your own potato tower, follow this link: Making a Stackable Potato Tower

Supplies:

  • shovel or pitchfork
  • basket or bucket
  • brush, optional

Steps:

  1. Unstack the frames and set them aside.
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  3. Use a shovel or pitchfork to loosen the dirt.
  4. Use your hands to sift through the soil and find all of your potatoes.
  5. Wash them, using a brush if necessary to remove the dirt. Dry them thoroughly and store them in a cool, dark place.
  6. You can use any tiny potatoes as seed potatoes to start a new crop.
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