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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Brown Acres Potato Box

This post is about my neighbor, Larry Brown, and his potato box. Larry is in his seventies now, and when he gets an idea, he thinks on it a good while and then puts it in action.

A few years ago, he put in a garden bed and planted a bunch of tomatoes.  Then last year he put in another one on the other side of the garage door, and then this spring, he built another one.  This is Larry's garden now.  It's pretty, isn't it?  If you look close, you can see his mason bee nests hanging on the upright of his patio roof over there on the left.

Larry got a hold of a good idea and built himself a potato box.

First he made a four u-shaped sides out of two-foot long pieces of 2X6; he connected them from the back using deck screws.

Then he stacked them one on top of the other and connected them with flat and corner plates, and toe-nailed deck screws in through the front.  The bottom level had the front piece screwed on as well.

But here's where turned into a tricksy hobbit:  He installed screw eyes into the ends of the next three pieces and hooks into the sides of the potato box such that the hooks snap snugly into the screw eyes. That way, he can put the sides up as the spuds grow up and as he hills up the soil around them.  It will also let him take a piece off in the middle and reach in and harvest spuds as he needs them.

I think this is one of the best designs for growing potatoes that I've seen and I can't wait to see how it will work out.

This is something that somebody with a sunny patio or fire escape can put to use.  Pretty cool, huh?

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