How to build a spud box and grow potatoes in four square feet

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Nothing beats fresh, healthy food everyday at the dining table. Aside from making sure the whole family is well nourished and eating good quality food, it’s also a great way to lower grocery expenses.

Spud Box

Potatoes, though not expensive in the market, are one of the easiest staples you can grow since it only requires a small area in your backyard. By building a spud box, you can have a good amount of potatoes in just four square feet!

Spud Box FB

This kind of potato planter is loved for the efficiency it offers. You simply add one level of wood boards and soil from time to time as your plant grows. Its design pushes the potatoes to grow upward, making more area available for producing more spuds! And when it’s time to harvest, you just have to remove the bottom boards to gain access to the bottom soil. It’s a no-dig, space-saving vertical garden!

Many gardeners really love this kind of planter for growing their own potatoes. And because of this a few versions have been designed and built to make it easier to harvest potatoes and reattach the wood boards.

Have a look at these slightly different versions by viewing our album below. We hope this inspires you to grow your own potatoes knowing how easy it is to do with a spud box!

If you want complete instructions (from building the spud box up to harvesting the potatoes)  you can get the link to a full tutorial below! :)


  • 6 pcs 2″x6″x8′ Untreated Wood Boards
  • 2 pcs 2″x2″x6′ Wood Studs (or 1 pc 12′ long Stud)
  • 1 box 2 1/2″ long Deck Screws
  • Potting Soil
  • Compost
  • Finely-chopped Mulch


  • Drill
  • Table/Circular Saw
  • Trowel/Shovel

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Thanks to Greg Holdsworth for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



  1. Make sure you purchase seed potatoes… If the potatoes are a hybrid then they typically do not produce much or may not be tasty.