I am not a handy man. I can not fix things or make things. I do not understand cars. Or electrical things. Or tools. Or wood. I lack the vision to see how things should be structured to work or look good.
My neat little garden beds? Simple as can be, right? Well I had help. That’s right. I needed help to figure out how to make big rectangles.
So when I’m telling you that you can make a potato bed with big ol’ removeable slats for potato growing/harvesting, you need to dig on my simpleton bona fides.
Okay here it is.
- Build a big rectangle using 2 x 10 wood plank thingies. Mine is 12 feet long by 2 feet wide.
- Put some soil in that thing.
- Plant your taters.
- Now, take some railing spindles and drive a few on the inside of the bed up against each side. Drive a few more on the outside. These will be where you slide down additional wood planks to make the bed higher as the potatoes grow.
- Hill up your potatoes as normal. When they are big enough (in my picture they are too big… what can I tell you… I waited too long. It will still work.) drop in another 2 x 10 on all four sides. You just doubled the height of your bed.
- Hill up more soil.
- You’re done. Or you can keep on building higher. Whatever floats your boat.
- When it’s harvest time, you can either pull the big slat away or just dig down.