It seems all the rage this year is growing your tomatoes upside down and growing your potatoes in bins. I didn't succumb to the first fad, but did for the second. Gardeners will try anything to increase their yields, even going so far as to build a condo to house the potatoes. A while back I built my bin. It seemed a bit rickety, but I liked its rustic look.
So far the bin has held up well. As more soil was added, the bin became solid. I didn't have much soil to add however, so started filling it with compost. Lots of compost. I had calculated that it would take a full cubic yard of material to fill the whole bin up. I've hauled 3/4 cu yd of compost to this bin. I'm almost there. The compost is running out. So is my desire to fill it all the way up.
Other people's blogs can be so distressing at times. I keep seeing photos of potato blossoms. I know the longer it takes to fill this dang thing up, the longer it will be before my potatoes start to blossom and form little potatoes under the soil. I see the plants try to expand. They reach for the sun (or clouds as has been much more typical of late) as I keep burying them deeper and deeper. I think it is time to let nature take its course. The potatoes were trenched before the bin was put on so they have a whole two feet to form potatoes.
Next year I'm building a smaller bin and I'm going to have some early ones in the ground like normal people do. Crazy potato condos just don't give impatient gardeners any immediate gratification. And yes, I'm very impatient to pick my potatoes. I'm guessing I've still got a couple of months to wait. Sigh.