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The Garden Hub Potato Tower!

We have been working with Tui to bring you the second DIY garden project for the year – the Potato Tower!

The humble potato is a staple on many dinner tables around New Zealand. Roasted, boiled, mashed or in a salad – no matter how you serve yours, potatoes will always taste better from your own garden. If you’ve got limited space but still want to enjoy fresh homegrown spuds, a potato tower is super simple to build and produces lots of tasty potatoes!

Garden Hub Potato Tower

To get your Potato Tower started you will need:

Garden Hub Potato Tower

How to create your Potato Tower:

  1. Form a circular shape with the wire mesh to create the tower. Approximately 50cm diameter, although you could make it bigger depending on how many potatoes you would like to plant.
  2. Hammer a stake in at each side of the tower to anchor it to the ground.
  3. Add a little water to the bag of Tui Pea Straw Mulch to dampen it, making it easy to handle.
  4. Line the tower with Tui Pea Straw Mulch approximately 20cm high around the edges.
  5. Fill the lined tower up with Tui Vegetable Mix.
  6. Add 10–20cm lining of Tui Pea Straw Mulch around the edge of the tower. The base will be approximately 30–40cm high.
  7. Add another layer of Tui Vegetable Mix, level to the top of the straw lining.
  8. Now you’re ready to plant. Place approximately 5–6 sprouted Tui Certified Seed Potatoes in the tower with the sprouts facing upwards.
  9. Cover seed potatoes with a light layer of Tui Vegetable Mix and gently pat down.
  10. Add two capfuls of Seaweed Plant Tonic to a full watering can and water your planted potatoes.
  11. Keep mounding with Tui Vegetable Mix and lining the tower with more Tui Pea Straw Mulch as your potatoes grow to the top of the tower.
  12. Keep watering and feeding until they are ready to harvest when the tops die back.

Or click here to watch a how-to video!