Grow Prolific Potato Harvests Vertically with DIY Towers


Urban gardeners, rejoice! Maximize your harvest in minimal space with the ultimate efficient gardening method – potato towers. These compact vertical structures let you grow abundant crops of potatoes on your patio or balcony without sacrificing precious square footage in your yard.

In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to build your own potato tower using simple and affordable supplies. With just straw, soil, seed potatoes, and a guiding hand, you can enjoy up to 10 pounds of homegrown spuds all season long!

Why Grow Potatoes Vertically?

Vertical potato towers offer many benefits:

  • Save space – Requires only a 2-3 foot diameter circle instead of traditional in-ground rows
  • Simplify harvesting – Just dismantle tower instead of digging in dirt
  • Reduce pests/disease – Elevates plants off ground away from soil-borne issues
  • Improve drainage – Straw and vertical design enhance air flow and water distribution

Step-By-Step Potato Tower Instructions

Growing potatoes vertically is easy if you follow these simple steps:

Choose a Sunny Spot

Potatoes need at least 6 hours of full sunlight daily, so pick the sunniest part of your patio, balcony, or garden.

Build the Tower Foundation

Cut wire fencing into a 3-4 foot tall cylinder 2-3 feet wide. Secure edges together to form the frame.

Add Base Layers

Line bottom with straw for drainage before filling with compost and soil mix.

Plant Seed Potatoes

Place certified seed potatoes on soil with eyes facing up and spaced 6 inches apart. Cover with 4-6 inches of additional soil mix.

Stack as They Grow

As sprouts emerge, keep adding straw and soil to constantly cover stems, leaving just top few inches exposed. More potatoes will form along buried stems!

Care Tips

Water tower regularly, being careful not to oversaturate. Let soil dry out slightly between waterings.

Gather Your Harvest

After foliage yellows and dies back, gently dismantle tower to gather potatoes nestled between layers of straw and soil.

Follow these simple steps to build your own vertical potato tower! Let us know how your harvest goes in the comments.