How to Harvest 100 Pounds of Potatoes From Just 4 Square Feet of Space

In Idaho, potatoes are a near and dear topic. But for those concerned with food freedoms, the FDA's latest approval of a few new genetically modified potato varieties will not sit well. With spring gardening just ahead, it's a great time to consider growing your own potatoes - and other fruits and vegetables as well!

The Seattle Times wrote about a method from Washington potato farmer Greg Lutovsky to plant potatoes inside a box. The potential yield is staggering: up to 100 pounds of bounty in just 4 square feet! With a long planting season (April to August) and just 90 days' from planting to harvest, you can enjoy your nutrition-packed, homegrown, organic, non-GMO potatoes all summer and fall. 

The recipe to this bumper crop is:

  • Lumber
  • Seed potatoes
  • Soil
  • Watering (within a prescribed schedule)

Greg Lutovsky shares his guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below:

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Image courtesy of The Seattle Times


For more details and tips, read potato farmer Greg Lutovsky's interview here.

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