Spuds are easy to grow (even for the novice or lazy gardener) and decidedly less labor intensive when you are growing potatoes in containers or bags. As long as they get plenty of water and at least six hours of sunlight, you can pretty much grow them anywhere!
- Pick your favorite potato varieties.
- Scatter organic veggie fertilizer on top of the soil.
- Place your prepared potatoes on top of the soil* and cover with about two more inches of soil and water in. (Don’t be tempted to crowd your potatoes – space them about 10” apart.)
- Pause for growth.
- Now, you’re going to do some “hilling”. Once the potato sprouts are about 4-6” tall, add another 4” or so, of soil on top, being careful not to break the sprouts. Repeat this same process until the soil is about 2” from the top of the container. As you add soil, the potatoes will continue to form all the way up the stems.
- You will need to water regularly; probably daily during the hottest weather and wait…
Once the potato foliage begins to turn yellow and die back, the potatoes are ready to harvest. Just turn over the container or grow bag into a pile. Now, the fun part; paw through the soil and extract all your spuds. Brush off the excess soil and lay them on newspaper for a few days (out of sunlight) until all the soil has dried. Brush the excess soil off once more and store the potatoes in a cool, dark place in paper bags or baskets to allow for good air circulation.