How to Build and Use Your Potato Box

Materials:

6 – 2″ x 6″ boards, 8 feet long

1 – 2” x 2″ board, 12 feet long

96 – 2 1/2″ wood screws

You can use pine, cedar or redwood, which will resist rot longer.

  1. Cut the 2 x 2 into four lengths of 33 inches.
  2. Cut the 2 x 6 boards into 12 lengths of 21 inches, and 12 lengths of 24 inches.
  3. Pre-drill the screw holes in the 2 x 6 boards and attach the bottom row in the 2×2’s.
  4. Place over prepared soil and fill with soft soil or mulch, planting potatoes 4 inches deep.
  5. When the vines are about 12 inches above the soil, add another board and fill with dirt, being careful not to cover more than one-third of the plant. Repeat this until the box is completed.
  6. To harvest your potatoes, remove the screws from the bottom board and carefully reach in for the potatoes. Replace the soil and boards. Next time you need potatoes, remove the second board and “rob” the spuds from that level.