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Making raised beds I can raise up (by stacking) whilst growing potatoes? An idea I have

 
Samuel Morton
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Afternoon all,

I am going to grow some potatoes in my raised beds and I had a thought.

Basically, when I made them I knocked them up by simply nailing together the wood pieces and the sizes are all the same so I can simply stack on onto the other.

I was thinking of planting my potatoes and to earth them up I could simply stack another raised bed on the original one and use the earth from when I dig the plots drainage ditches. I can then simply bash in some poles to keep the raised beds more secure.

Any thoughts on this?

I need to make some more raised beds any way due to the usual winter flooding on my plot.

Many thanks,

Samuel
 
Sunshine McCarthy
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I had planed to make a potato bed. I haven't gotten to it yet, I can share my plans but, not how successful they would be.

Plant 4 vertical posts in the ground making a square, about 3-4 feet apart and 4 feet high, I was thinking 4x4 but 2x4 might work as well. Make mini beds frames out 2x6, 2x8 and 2x10 boards, that stack around the posts. each mini bed frame would be painted in a different color ('cause I'm and artist and I need color)

I'm still waiting to have sufficient wood, not a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood so reecycle hasn't yet provided enough lumber. If you decide on this method I want feedback.
 
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I would have no problem trying this. Seems like a good idea. I'm currently growing in a box with rotted manure as the base and I'm planning on putting even longer rotted manure on top to get more potatoes.
Part of the problem with adding earth to the potatoes is that it depends on your soil type. I couldn't do your technique since my soil is too heavy clay. Hence the manure and compost trials.

If you have soft, crumbly soil I would go for it. If not you could mix it with compost or manure to get something more hospitable to new potatoes.

The other problem is getting enough soil, but it looks like you'll be digging anyway, so there you go.
William
 
Peter Ellis
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I have a couple of concrete reinforcing wire panels. I plan to use them as a cage for my potatoes this year and just load mulch in as they grow. The panels are similar to cattle panels, but less expensive and a bit smaller, so I will have about a four foot height to work with. Last year they were my tomatoes supports, and while they did work, indeterminate plants were not cooperating with the size of their cage
 
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