While my potatoes have essentially died off, have been harvested or are waiting to be, the potato plants located in my vertical potato box are still going strong. The plants are beautiful and lush.
The vertical potato box was an experiment this year. It stands about 3-31/2 feet tall and is made out of random wood pieces and pallet board I had around the house. I filled it with old barn hay, compost, dry grass clippings and straw. Which I learned over the summer will compact down to about 1/2 of where it originally sat. I never got around to continuously filling it so at this time, the box is about 1/2 full.
These potatos are showing no signs of "fall" that the rest of my garden is showing. I'm wondering if the plant will die off like the rest as it gets cooler or if frost will take them. I think I will wait it out to see.
By the way, I broke down and removed a board on the side. Just to take a peek. Well nothing but fill was obvious from the side and I couldn't feel a close potato. Since my carpentry skills are awesome, the board refused to go back on. Oh well. Next year.