Growing Potatoes in a Vacant Lot

The story of how one Nebraska family without land obtained the use of a vacant lot and fed itself by growing potatoes.

growing potatoes vacant lot - thriving plants
Our earliest-planted potatoes grow such vigorous vines that — by midsummer — the patch looks like a jungle as the foliage spreads to meet between the rows. Later plantings do not grow quite as luxuriantly, so we cover the ground around them with grass cuttings, leaves, and corn stalks. Both early and late plantings mature with only the moisture from spring rains. Nor do we use fertilizer or pesticides.