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Project by Jimthecarver posted 489 days ago 1861 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We wanted to plant potatoes this year but have not had good success with them in the past. We made a raised bed out of concrete block. Filled it with plenty of compost instead of dirt, in the hopes it will be easier to find them when ready.
In our little spot on this fine earth, squirrels can be a problem and love to tear up the garden even if they have no interest in eating the veggies.
So that being said we needed to come up with a way to keep those rascals out! PVC was the option along with some chicken wire.
Olla’s will be used for irrigation to ensure constant and consistent moisture needed to have healthy spuds.
Updates to follow.
Happy gardening and God bless.
:-)

-- JTC



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BadBob

24 posts in 1989 days
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posted 489 days ago

Why did you choose this shape?

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Kindlingmaker

39 posts in 2108 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 488 days ago

I like this planter! How did you bend the pvc, heat?

-- I plant trees not to admire but for those that come after me... Zone 11

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 488 days ago

Yes we used a heat gun and slowly heated and bent the pvc.

-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1865 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 487 days ago

Good luck with those potatoes. What variety did you plant?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 487 days ago

Yukon gold, russet and red

-- JTC

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Cindy

346 posts in 1313 days
hardiness zone 6

posted 486 days ago

I had never heard of ollas before reading your posts – what a great way to water the plants without evaporation waste! This might be something I’ll try with plants that don’t like overhead watering & need to keep their leaves from getting splashed from wet soil. Fortunately my friend has several kilns and we can make our own bisque fired terra cotta forms…hmm, something new to learn about, thanks!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Dusty56

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posted 482 days ago

Very cool design ! Love to see it again after the taters have grown up and with the wire in place. : )

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 448 days ago

The plants are now to the top of the cage and looking great.

-- JTC

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Dusty56

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posted 448 days ago

Well that didn’t take too long ! Thanks for the new pics , they look happy and healthy : )

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 447 days ago

yes indeed … fantastic crop

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1865 days
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posted 445 days ago

Those look like happy potato plants to me. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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sNoWcOnE

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posted 175 days ago

Why did you choose that shape?

-- sNoWcOnE

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 175 days ago

My idea of a key hole garden. It allows me to reach the center easily.

-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1865 days
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posted 175 days ago

Are you going to grow potatoes again this year? Will you do anything differently?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 174 days ago

Potatoes are coming up already. ..I was going to move it to a better protected area. The squirrels found it and dug up lasts years late garden.

-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1865 days
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posted 169 days ago

You might want to try laying chicken wire or hardware cloth over the soil to keep the squirrels from digging up your potatoes this year. If the plants are still small, they can grow up through the holes in the chicken wire. Alternatively, you can just harvest your potatoes early and beat the squirrels. Luckily the local squirrels leave my potatoes alone; they prefer the Heart nuts and Hazel nuts. I just hope your California squirrels don’t start talking to our Massachusetts squirrels. Good luck with your potato crop this year.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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SGCooks

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posted 154 days ago

Neat! I love the design! Glad your potatoes survived this year. I, too, have had poor luck with potatoes. they are always rotten. I think they get too much water but no idea. I want to try the hanging garden for potatoes next year.

-- SGCooks

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