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The Great tire potatoe experiment!
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Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-13-2002 at 19:30:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well if any one is still interested, the results are in. The potatoe in a tire yeilded about the same as the row grown spuds. No more or no less. We wound up with 4 tires in the stack and could have used one more. The plant ended up about 5ft. tall and well branched. All the potatoes were exactly where you would expect, in the root zone. Only two tiny spuds were above the first tire and they were oddly shaped and not as big as a ping pong ball. Wish I had some exciting results for you, but I just don't. They were easier to harvest, but getting all that dirt out from inside the tires is going to be a chore. Did any one else do this, and if so what were your results?

Dennis    Posted 07-14-2002 at 08:41:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Okie-Dokie,
Did you add dirt to the tires as the plant grew?
you said the plant was 5' was it all covered with dirt except for the very top 6-8"?

Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-14-2002 at 12:55:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dennis, that is exactly what we did. As the plant grew, we added more tires and dirt. Only about a half of a foot of green tops were showing. We took one tire at a time off and were increasingly dis-appointed as we worked our way to the last tire and found spuds only in the original root zone. It was easier to gather the spuds than digging them, but as I said, the results were the same.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-13-2002 at 21:04:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How them bias belted sabago's taste okie?
Later Bob

DeadCarp    Posted 07-13-2002 at 20:15:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had some leftover square bales one year, and i tried planting spuds on TOP of the dirt. Till the patch, scatter the spuds, cover with a handwidth of straw and water them. Worked real nice, nuthin special but digging was sure a snap. They were practically on top. :)

Okie-Dokie    Posted 07-14-2002 at 04:40:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Haven't tried the spuds yet, but they will go nice with them ribs marinating in the ice box waiting till the sun gets up good. I have heard of the hay bale garden thing. That may very well be next year's experiment. We always try to do one thing new each year.

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