How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

There’s a new Mr. Potato in town. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a few new genetically modified potato varieties for farmers to grow commercially. There are genetically modified versions of the popular Russet potato and the Atlantic potato, the New York Times reports. It seems like every week another GMO fruit or vegetable is being approved just another good reason to grow your own!

Potatoes are fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here’s more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds in 4 sq. feet.

According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. All that is required:

  1. Lumber
  2. Seed potatoes
  3. Soil
  4. Careful attention to watering

The Times’ guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below:

Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time.

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