The results of our straw tower potato garden are in: Success! (sort of)
We had originally thought that the potatoes from our bed of straw would grow within the straw section of the garden, while the roots dig deeper and deeper into the soil. This is not exactly how our potatoes turned out. However, the good news is that we were able to harvest a significant amount of potatoes. Alec and Kerri had to dig through a little bit of dirt to stir them up, but ultimately our harvest of potatoes amounted to roughly 52 good-sized potatoes. More after the jump:
After harvesting our potatoes and taking down the straw tower, we decided to start up a second composting bin with the leftover straw. If you take a look next to our double-deck composting unit we have added a fenced-in composting section in order to demonstrate a simple way to compost in your backyard.
Also, if you have any great recipes for some potatoes now that we have a good amount of them, feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll spread them to our tool library members.