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Grow Potatoes In a Wire Cage

If you have poor soil, or not much room, you can grow potatoes above the ground in a wire cage or basket;

For each 'cage' you will need a 5 foot piece of chicken wire that is 3 feet high. Connect the ends and stand it upright on the ground.

Line the edges with straw (so the dirt won't fall out), then fill with soil about 1/3 or 1/2 full. Plant your potatoes (up to 3 seed potatoes) in the center.

As the potato plant grows, add more straw lining to hold the dirt in, and add more dirt. Water as needed.

You may be able to get from 20 to 30 pounds of good sized potatoes from one basket.

KP, WA, entered 1999-12-19

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