How-To Guide: Potato Tyres


potato tyres

Fat Cat Travellers Community provided a very diplomatic garden to WWOOF in. Everyone did their part and contributed in their own way. This system created a collaborative feel for those involved and helped spur us on to introduce some potato tyres into the garden. It’s a simple concept and very easy to put together.

  1. Start by placing plant bed liners into the tyre.
  2. Fill it with some good top soil and fertiliser.
  3. Plant some seedling potatoes and cover with another tyre. Keep the soil moist, but not too damp as this will cause the potatoes to rot.
  4. Cover with more soil and tyres as the leaves grow. Never completely cover the leaves, they need some loose soil to keep growing.
  5. Repeat this process until the potato tyres are tall and proud.
  6. When the plant dies, the potatoes are ready, but you can harvest earlier if you want some baby-medium sized spuds. You can also keep the potatoes in the soil for a month or so.

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With a background as a journalist and a chef, Steve loves to travel and find the story at the source of our food. Whether it’s wine, honey, beef, vegetables or fruit, Steve wants to show that volunteer travelling can provide a master class in all things sustainable and delicious.

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  1. I had a surprise devrleiy of exciting flowers and plants waiting for me when I got back from holiday this weekend. My Aunt Ruth has very kindly given me some of her cuttings to play with so hopefully this year we will have artichokes, tomatoes, potatoes, some salads and lots of lovely hanging baskets with fuscias spilling over the sides. All I need now is for the weather to perk up so I can get out in the garden and sort them all out!Does anyone know if you can plant tomatoes and flowers together? They are bush tomatoes (I think) and I had thought about putting them in the hanging baskets along with the fuscias. (You may have guessed I am a new and experimental gardener!)

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