This year I decided to try the burlap sack technique- its saves a lot of space since you go vertical, and hopefully you get more potatoes for your efforts.
|Here they are just part way into June and growing quickly. I'd say they were about a quarter way hilled up at this point.|
To plant the potatoes, roll the sacks all the way down until they roll no more and add about a foot of soil. Make sure you have your sacks situated where you want them- once you've planted and watered you aren't going to be able to move these guys around. The burlap starts to decompose, which is actually great and the bag gets super heavy.
I was worried that light wouldn't be able to get in from the sides of the sack shading the little plantlings. I worried for naught! We had a crazy rainy June and the potatoes sprung up. I put about 4 potato seedlings in each bag.
|Here they are with a bit more dirt, probably early July.|
|Later July, just before flowering, they really went nuts!|
After the flowers are gone, the plant will start to die back a bit. Once its died back, the stems getting old and scraggly, its pretty safe to dig up your potatoes. The great thing about the sack is you basically just rip it open and root around in there for the goods. They were pretty easy to find, and I was happy with how many were produced. Interestingly I'm not actually convinced that a lot more potatoes grew after the second or third time I hilled it up. That might save you on some soil!
|Plants have died back, and I'm digging through for potatoes.|
|There they are!|
|Final harvest drying in dish rack after a good scrub.|