BUILDING A VERTICAL PALLET potato GARDEN DIY

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WARNING: How to find and use the proper ‘heat-treated’ wood pallet; do not use ‘chemically’ treated wood pallets for indoor furniture, children’s rooms, composting or for food growing; herbs, strawberries, etc… Use only ‘untreated’ or ‘heat’ treated pallets. First, Methyl Bromide (insecticide on wood shipping crates) was phased out as a fumitory chemical in 1995, but some of these pallets may still be around, so look for the symbol on crates. Most pallets in the USA have been heat-treated for foreign pests, the symbol is “IPPC“ and are safe. Pallets used in foreign countries may still contain insecticides. Check your own countries codes for pallet uses. Thanks, and as always, be a safe gardener

All you need is 4 free pallets and some free leaves and straw or hay. Just start to layer your leaves then straw then add in a little dirt in the middle. Make sure to put your potato eyes up and then slightly cover the potatoes. As your potatoes grow you will be adding more of your mixture and by the time for harvest you should have a very nice potato haul.

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Comments

Tiffany Lambert says:

love the video and use of the pallets

David Straub says:

Nice!

salvatore manno says:

hope to see fallow up of the potato planting in the near future great job

William Christopher says:

Ive tried this several times.  Ive got 3 plastic? sheets that’s black.  I think its made out of recycled materials.  Its got around 2 doz 3in holes in it.  you take it and make a circle and bolt the ends together.  Then you can do what your doing with the pallets.  Ive got 3 of them  There around 30in wide.  Ive tried raising taters in it around 3 times.  NO SUCCESS.  I can grow them in the row in the ground, but never any luck growing them in these hoops.  In my own mind, I don’t think I gave them enough water.Ive not seen a vid telling me what your success is/was doing it with pallets.  Howd it come out?????????????

Ann OToole says:

Looks pretty good guys! Looking forward to the progress and see how it goes. My parents used to grow potatoes in straw bales…never tried it but my mother swears by it. Might be something to try for those who are limited on space if you get the small square bales.

Penny Broxson Hall says:

can’t wait to try this have had the worst time growing pototoes here in Florida wish me luck

Mortgage Financing says:

Is he Amish ?

Rocky Brook Farmstead says:

we love pallets thanks DOUG

Homestead For Everyone says:

Love the simplicity! We’re using a similar method, but building our walls by cross stacking 4-5″ logs around the square, building up as we add the growing medium.

mark! says:

your beard style is exactly the same as Muslims, I mean you’ve shaved your moustache and kept long beard,

Alan Redmond says:

never react to the rooster!!!

John Kartchner says:

My experience is that manure (unless it is practically fossilized) causes scab on potatoes. What has been your experience?

Pamela Thomas says:

I will try next year. Once I start saving leaves and stuff.

Spicy Sith says:

I woudn’t have thought of this in a hundred years! BTW, would this method work to grow sweet potatos as well? Thanks for everything.

Britter's Productions says:

What a brilliant idea

bert skelton says:

Hi Doug: I was surfing through videos and  one for  Oggun tractors came up and I thought of you.   It is the current iteration of the original Allis Chalmers ‘G’ from 1945   then was reborn as  Tuff-built tractor and now as Oggun tractor.   But what interested me most was the electric conversions of the originals to electric drive with golf cart motor and batteries.  Add a ROPS hoop and a frame for 3 200 watt PV panel;  charge controller and 2000watt inverter .   Now  you have  a small garden tractor and mobile power source .   If you can find an old Allison ‘G’  or Tuff-built   rusting away a winter project could be born.  Goggle ‘Oggun’  or the video  channel  ‘ Intro2u’  an electric conversion;  this will lead you to other videos.  A tractor that fuels itself sitting in the yard  and a source new accessories from Oggun.   Or over the counter parts and bits from the older versions and Farmall  tractors laying about.  This is one of those times I wish I was still 50 and not 77 living on a city lot on the mountain in North Vancouver B.C.   Bert

Rita Maria Perez says:

i love this idea…..def want to try it

Joshua Smith-Homesteader says:

I have used a potato tower before and did ok with it. I will make one of these pallet boxes and compare notes with you at the end of the season. Cheers!!
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TheAmysv says:

looking forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks! will you be selling your t-shirts?

Rosemarie Clark says:

My Father-In-Law use to plant a small garden at the camp. One year when my husband was in his teens he asked him to pull the bugs off the plants. He gave him a can and something in it to collect the bugs. As my husband was progressing on the second row his Father came to check on him, and with horror said, “why are you pulling the buds off the plants”?! My husband laughed and said, “I wondered why you gave me this can”?! His father thought he ruined the first 2 rows, but they were the best crop of potatoes they ever had! lol

Valley Creek Vizsla says:

Looks great! Keep us posted on how you bury things along the way, and how the harvest goes.

Farm Alarm says:

pallets are awesome. we have a stack of 20-30 pallets. we have been planning on doing a few projects with them this spring. thanks for the motivation.

onetwothree57 says:

How fitting to have an intro from Idaho for your potato vid Great job Trish and Jonah and kids!

Thomas Tommy says:

Excellent video thanks for sharing. I used those pallets once to build a wood shed. It worked out very well.

scottkb2000 says:

Is there a video showing the end result of this process?

Marion Franson says:

THANK YOU!… FOR THE TIPS ON THE PALLET SYMBOLS, AND HOW TO PLANT POTATOES IN THE PALLET PLANTERS. THANK YOU AGAIN, GOD BLESS PEACE!….

techqn says:

Can they be any kind of leaves? I have a property filled with mainly oaks, are these ok to use?

Taunya Wolfe Finn says:

Best idea for potatoes! Certainly trying this!

Lindsay Norman says:

wow look at all those dandelions they have only JUST started popping up in east coast Canada,  ill be planting potatoes for the first time this year my parents have given me permission to do some planting in their back yard. 🙂

Willow Creek Homestead says:

Thanks for using our intro! LOVE using pallets!! Wish our climate was sweet potato growing friendly 🙁 I NEED a green house!!! lol I love watching you guys work together!

T Berry says:

So cool!

Becky Doyle says:

I missed this video, got busy, so came back to watch, great video, I been growing sweet potato and some white, but you guys gave me a great idea, to add more on top, the greens, to get even more! Learn something new everyday!

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