If you read Part I, you will know I planted my potatoes on April 28th. I dug trenches to plant them in. As the potatoes grow I'll fill in the trenches then hill them up. Using this technique people say I will get about 10lbs of potatoes for each pound of seed potato I use. So I'd get 20 pounds of potatoes if things go well. Other people use the potato bin approach where you get a lot more, since potatoes can grow off of the buried stem.
More always sounds good to me. I'm way too lazy to make one of those fancy bins. Plus I really hate power tools. I avoid them whenever possible. Nor do I want to buy lumber. So in true Daphne's Dandelion fashion, I made do. I cut some saplings down in the woods - with a hand saw. The long sticks are four feet long and the short ones are two feet.
I hammered them together. Or I tried and couldn't get the nails through. So I drilled some starter holes and then hammered them together. These are the ends of the box. By this time I was sweating bullets. I would pick one of the hottest days of the year to build something.
Then I put the ends together and voila. A box. A under engineered box. My dad would be ashamed if he saw it. I hope it doesn't fall apart on me. I really do. The box was surrounded by some chicken wire that had been in my garage for eons. I thought about just using the chicken wire with no wood at all. It is how my compost bins are made (with larger mesh wire though). I thought about it and decided I didn't want a round potato patch in my rectangular bed.
As my potatos grow I'll fill it in with soil, compost, leaves or whatever the heck I can get my hands on. It will take about a cubic yard to fill. That is a lot of dirt and a lot of trips with my wheelbarrow. What will I do with it all when I take the bin apart? I can't use it in the bin again. The soil has to be rotated. I'd just spread it out on this bed, but really the bed is too high right now. So I'll cart the soil in, and then cart it out again. Maybe next year, I'll do a much smaller bin. 4'x4' is way too big. It blocks the wheelbarrow from going by and is a monstrosity. Next year something smaller. That easy small circular bin is looking good right now.