Woven Potato Basket

Not long ago, I saw a picture of large woven baskets sitting among raised beds in a garden. They looked so neat, that I thought I’d try make one for potatoes.

Truth be told, I thought of making a couple – but these are a lot of work!

I cut tree branches (about 1.5-2 inches in diameter) into 4-foot lengths. These served as my uprights. I hammered nine of these uprights into the ground in a not-so-perfect circle about 44 inches in diameter. Each upright is buried 8-10 inches.

The uprights of my potato basket

I snipped what looked like a mountain of saplings and started weaving. By using an odd number of uprights I was able to weave the soft saplings in and out in a continuous circle. Each length of sapling started on the inside of one upright and then wove in and out of three to four more uprights.

The beginning round of my potato basked

It started to dawn on me how many saplings I was really going to need. Hannah and I trooped off into an area of the property where a new forest of saplings were growing. We filled the garden tractor-trailer with the sapling cuttings. Hannah trimmed the side branches from the saplings while I wove them into the basket.

potato basket almost half way done

Finally, the finished basket! I stopped when I ran out of uprights – about 34 inches up. For a little extra stability, I topped things off with a run of heavy-gauge wire. Now that I look at it close-up I may weave in a few more saplings here and there to fill in some of the larger gaps.

30 inch high potato basket

I’ve lined the bottom with a mixture of loam and chicken compost. Now to decide what type of potatoes to plant!

soil in my potato basket


This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Woven Potato Basket

  1. studiohabeascorpus says:

    I love this kind of branch weaving and would like to try it out. Could you tell me which species of tree you worked with?
    Thank you so much!
    + +

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading


For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading