Potatoes will certainly grow a small crop underground, but in order to get the most bang for your buck, you add compost and/or straw to the base of the plant as it matures. Every time you add a layer of material, the potato stem will send out roots and make more potatoes...all the way up until harvest.
The challenge is in containing these ever-growing hills of potatoes...I am thinking of growing potatoes in trash bags this year. Here's how it works: start with a bit of compost and hay and the sack flat to the ground (don't forget to poke holes for drainage). Add potatoes, then add more hay and compost to cover. As the potatoes start to grow, add more hay and compost, gradually increasing the size of the bag. When the plant dies, you will have a whole lot of potatoes layered throughout the mix. If you are looking for a more eye-appealing option, check out these colorful potato grow bags. LOVE! And if you are looking for a great source for seed potatoes, check out The Cook's Garden.
I must also confess that I love the scent of potatoes. Some varieties have the most beautiful scent...and it is wonderful to walk into the veggie garden and have such an enticing smell!
I know some people use old tires in a similar way. Are you using any creative or space-saving ways to grow potatoes?
**Now you can purchase Growing, Preparing and Preserving Potatoes as an ebook for only $2.99. Head over to Amazon and download it to your ereader or tablet device pronto!
More about the book:
Potatoes received quite a lot of bad press, during our switch from high
carb low fat diets to high fat low carb diets. But the truth is that
they have a whole bunch of nutritional value. Learn how to grow these
tasty tubers with guidance from one of America's hottest new gardening
Growing, Preparing and Storing Potatoes is full of great garden knowledge, as well as recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, it's written in a portable format, so download it on your smart phone, tablet or ereader and take it out to the garden (or to the grocery store) with you!