How I Doubled My Potato Harvest With Less Effort

The potato plant has sustained our nation
for millennia and it’s an invaluable crop within the garden. Now there are
lots of different ways to grow the humble potato plant and each of them
works really well. But in this episode I’m gonna give you seven reasons for
growing potato plants in your containers. I’m Tony O’Neill and this is UK Here We
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can ask any gardener who grows his own food which vegetable that they have to
grow every single year and the humble potato plant will probably be in the top
three. And the reason for this is because they are fantastic for the amount of
effort that’s put into them. They grow really well, and they produce tubers that
can be stored right throughout the year to allow you to be able to eat through
the winter. And this is an ideal situation for the gardener because
that’s where we ideally want to be is to be able to grow enough food to last us
until next year, and it’s ideal for those people who want to be more
self-sufficient. Over the years I have grown potatoes in loads of different
ways. I’ve grown potatoes in buckets, I’ve
grown potatoes in bags and I’ve grown potatoes in the ground. But my most
preferred method of growing potatoes is in containers. So why do I like growing
potatoes in containers so much? Well there are seven reasons why I prefer it,
and why you should consider growing potatoes in containers too. Number one
so the traditional way of growing potatoes is that you would typically dig
a trench and then you would lay some manure in that trench and some feed, and
then you would place any potatoes into that trench and then you would backfill that trench. Later on you would have to mound up that trench. That’s a huge amount of work and it’s back-breaking, and not everybody can
bend over and dig these trenches. And it’s just not for me. Now growing
potatoes in containers mean that you can either put the container on
the ground, there is no digging, or you can lift it up onto a counter. And you
can then start to plant your potatoes. So simple as putting in a little bit of
compost and some feed and you seed potatoes, and then filling the container
right the way up. And you’re done. Apart from feeding and watering throughout the year
that’s it. Whereas with the traditional method of digging trenches you have to
keep revisiting and hoeing up the potatoes to keep them safe, and to stop
them from popping up the surface. Now I know some people that grow in containers
they plant them as if they would with a trench. They put a little bit of soil put
the potato and wait for it to grow then put some more in wait for it to grow
there’s no need for none of that just fill the containers right up and you’re
done. Number two. You can plant the potatoes
much earlier. Now potatoes are not frost hardy, so you
have to wait when you’re planting outside in trenches, to be able to plant
the seed, because if the haulms come up and the frost hits them, then it kills
the top of the potato off. Now with planting in containers, you can literally
plant early as you like, and you can leave them inside a greenhouse or
polytunnel. And when the haulms come through you can cover them over with
fleece when the threat of frost appears. And the great thing about this, if you
have a nice day like this, that will typically gain early spring. But is cold
you can still move them out if you wish to to get some more Sun. But keeping them
in the greenhouse or the polytunnel is the best bet. And when all frost is past
then we can move them out. Now frost dates they are different for every single place
on the planet. And you would have to judge yours by that frost date. But
typically, it would give you about 4 or 5 weeks worth of growth before you could
plant them out in the soil. That’s a huge advantage. Tip number three.
Now when grown in containers the soil warms up much quicker, and that’s because
they’re black in color and they absorb the heat much better. And because they are outside
of the ground. They are not trying to heat up all of the area.
It’s just heating up what’s inside here, so it’s much quicker, and that gives the
potatoes more time to establish. It also restricts the root growth within the
container. And that means that the plant has no option but to absorb the water
and the nutrients that you’ve put in that container. Now by planting in the
ground, those root zones are free to roam, and they can be pushed out past the feed
zone sometimes. So the plant may not necessarily be taking up all the
nutrients that it could possibly be taking up. And if you don’t what I’m
saying to you. I’ll put a link in the description and up here for you which
will show you an experiment that I performed last year. And I was able to
double the yield over potatoes grown in a container, over in the ground. And it is a
a massive eye-opener for anybody who typically grows in the ground. Now I know
some of you will disagree with me on this. But I have been able to show over a number of years that that is the case. And I have the video footage to show
that. And the reason I can say this with confidence is because I ran that same
experiment for three years. I have all the videos on the playlist for you to be
able to watch. So make sure you go and have a view of those after this video.
Number four. Although you may not think it, watering is much more efficient
because you’re only watering the root zone and the plant can take up what is
required because of the root zone is compressed. And it also has a smaller
surface area. Which means that there’s less evaporation for the water to go. In
the ground soil wicks the water away from the root zone. And there’s also a
bigger area for evaporation, and when it comes to watering you may not even be
watering the root zone, because the plant’s root zone is free to go in all
directions. So you may not be applying water where
it’s required. Number 5. You’re less likely to catch disease also. Now there
are loads of diseases for potatoes, such as Alternario now Alternario is a soil
born disease is otherwise known as early blight. And there are loads of other soil
borne diseases and pests such as wireworm, that you can cut out the equation
altogether when growing in containers. Instead. In containers, you’re using
compost. Whether that’s shop bought or homemade. And over the years I’ve had
loads of you come to me and say, “wow what an expensive way to grow potatoes”. but I
will put a link in the description below to my last compost video. Where I show
you how to make all the homemade compost you could need at home. And this is
high-quality compost. And you can use that to fill these containers, which is
totally free from your own garden. Now even if you had to buy your compost
because you didn’t have it to start with. That’s still a good investment, and the
reason for that is that you can reuse this medium over and over again.
Providing you haven’t had blight. And all you need to do is put an additional feed
into the compost because after all, it’s just a medium. And once you can no longer
use it for potatoes, or it’s not giving you the growth that you would require.
Then you can put it into your garden beds. And by putting it in your garden
beds, that’s improving this soil structure in your garden as well. So
those who tell me that it’s a waste to buy compost and use it this way, just
don’t understand how the garden is supposed to work synergistically with itself.
Number six. Now if you’ve had storms like we’ve had this year in the UK. Then all
the other gardeners around you are catching blight. You can simply pick up
your containers and take them back to the greenhouse or the polytunnel.
And that will help to prevent blight. If you’re in the garden, you can’t do that.
They are tied to the ground, you can’t just lift them and
take them somewhere. Not only that. When they’re in containers if you need some
spare space in a bed or something like that. You can simply just pick them up
and move them. Or even put them onto a the patio where you wouldn’t normally be
able to grow crops, and then that would free up beds for other things. They are
fantastic, especially if you were short of space. Number seven. Last but not least
is the harvest. Now when growing in the ground. You’ve got
all the back-breaking work that you had from putting them in. Because it’s just
the reverse of putting them in. You have to dig them all out, and I hate this and
I tell you why. You usually stab half of the potatoes with the fork or cut them
in half with a spade. Or you miss them entirely, which means that your crop is
less, and you get volunteer potatoes next year coming up in areas of the garden you
don’t want them to. With containers, it’s much, much easier. You can either pick the
container up and put it into a wheelbarrow. Or you can just tip it over
where it stands. And it’s easy to pull out all the potatoes. None are missed, and
None are stabbed. So you get a fantastic crop, and you’ve got clean compost with no
potato tubers coming up in ground that you don’t want next year. After harvest,
we can think about drying off the potatoes and storing them. Now, I have a video which I’ll put below, which shows you exactly how you can store your own
potatoes right through the winter, so that you can eat them until the next
harvest. And how to save your own seed potatoes too. Which will save you
money next year when it comes to buying seed potatoes. Because they are very
expensive to buy. And if you can save your own, well that’s just a bargain.
Because those plants are already acclimatized to this area. Question of
the day. How do you grow your potatoes and why? Let’s get some conversation
starting below, so that all the new growers around can make a more informed
decision on how they feel is the best way to grow potatoes is. We already know why
I prefer containers. But I admit, that growing potatoes can be done in almost
any way. And the ground is very good. I just like the double yields I get out of
the containers. And how much easier it is for my efforts.
Now if you’ve enjoyed this video you can subscribe here! And if you want to see
the results to the Ground over the Container experiment, then that video is
right here for you, I’m Tony O’Neill this is UK Here We Grow. And remember
folks. You Reap What You Sow! I’ll see you in the next one. bye-bye

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87 thoughts on “How I Doubled My Potato Harvest With Less Effort

  1. Well, I hope that the reasons for growing in containers have convinced you to try it. If you are still on the fense then you can view the results video for potatoes grown in containers over potatoes grown in the ground. Click this link to view that video, but before you do, Don't forget to subscribe to ensure not to miss any future videos. Thanks folks catch you in the comments sections 🙂

  2. Hi I started in buckets last year trying sarpo Mira not good down here, so this season grew what we know do well in our ground in buckets very pleased and all because I'd seen you do it couple years ago. All the best Bill and Val

  3. Nice one Tony. fantastic advice as ever mate… We are gonna be checking in our 1st 9 Winter Spud buckets tomorrow on the Little Farmers Farm Channel… Hope they do as well as the March Planted ones did… Good stuff and reasons as always.
    Guru M

  4. ive been growing potatoes in containers for about 5 years and have great results, and have only dug into trenches once and i will never do it again, got about a quarter of what i normaly would and the plants were not healthy compared to previous ones. so wont be doing it again and a big thumbs up for containers!

  5. Love your video, but would like to correct one misconception. The potato has not sustained anyone in the eastern hemisphere "for millennia". The potato is from Peru. Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland in 1589 on the 40,000 acres of land near Cork.

  6. Thank you for distilling years of experiment into a simple answer. I think I will be trying this next March/April. (speaking of distilling… vodka!) 🙂

  7. I grew some in containers this year, six inches of compost and same of sawdust on top, worked fine. The ground grown were also good, but had some scab on them.

  8. Hi Tony … Tried growing in 35 Litre Tubs from Oakland Gardens this Spring / Summer and had over 200 lbs of spuds from 20 Tubs. As you say people say it's an expensive way of growing spuds, but with any hobby it costs a few quid to start, but still cheaper than a round of Golf.

  9. No 8. Once the tops are gone you can leave the potatoes in the buckets till march the next year and just harvest when and how much you want.

  10. Hi TONY Only started growing in containers this year with mixed results
    Next time I will try putting 2-3 or 4 seed potatoes in to see the difference
    But as you say it is so much easier than all that digging

  11. i never have any trouble with first and second earlies in the beds. just the maincrop. wireworm is my nemesis. improvements are being made on the plot now so i can accomodate potatoes in planters next year. it makes sense to me as i'm losing a bit of growing space for safety reasons………………..brian

  12. i planted two 40 liter pots with 1 seedpotato
    1 kondor and 1 agria.. i wanted to know how hard i could push them to get a maximum yield..
    planted at 15th of april, harvested on the 12 of august.
    yield of the kondor 4.5kg yield of the agria 4.8kg.. i call that a succes..:)
    i tasted the kondor bytheway and it whas horrible..:D

  13. Hi Tony. Great video my friend. I've always grown potatoes in pots for the very reason you describe. Makes so much sense! I've also used the 'Berries' from the plants to grow True Seed Potatoes….Maybe another video from you on that one Tony ? Cheers, Andy & Karen

  14. How do I grow mine, as of today the same as you lol I've seen all your vids and experiments and if it works for you year after year I'm doing the same as you lol I've learnt a lot from watching you so thank you for sharing with us and I'm ready to learn more, more, MOOORE LOL????????

  15. Hi Tony. Brill video. I've been growing potatoes for the past few years in the Wilcos potato bags that they sell. Works out about £1 for each bag.

    The mistake I'd been doing was to plant them and then wait until i could see the leaves coming up and then putting more soil/compost on. But now i know just to fill up straight up to the top away.
    Another tip is to place a few comfrey leaves in the bottom of the bucket/ bag then put the potatoes on top.
    Thanks again for the well presented info.

  16. Hi
    I have used this method for over 20 yr + and you can move plants in and out of shade giving them more sunlight , I also use it for carrots, Melon , cucumber , squash, tomatoes, parsnips and many more, you have more control over pest control IT WORKS good video

  17. I grew spuds in a raised bed and also in tubs which I’d never done before. My tubs of Charlotte, International Kidney and Saxon were way better than the bed. Sarpo Mira were about the same. No, I lie, we still have a second tub of them to empty, so one tub with 2? tubers gave as much as 5 in the bed. I’ve also grown dwarf broad beans in the tubs which gave us a crop which was enough for 3 meals, same with peas, carrots were also great in the tubs. Radish were a bit meh.

    I think I’d get better yields by adding 50% soil to the compost I’m using to help with the moisture retention, it just seemed to dry out too quickly. In fact it got to the point where I was sitting the tubs in a water bath for an hour, ever seen a 35 ltr tub of spuds float?

  18. Hi Tony. We planted potatoes in buckets following you approach. First we found that we got potatoes when we’d been having problems for the previous several years. More importantly, since we were traveling for an extended business trip we harvested early – and discovered what has become a significant pest for us. Ironically, improving our soil has made it very attractive to June bugs. Harvesting the buckets early showed us that the grubs were a major plaque. We’ll plant potatoes this fall, use our greenhouse for more, and go for another early planting.

  19. I have had bad results in terms of yield in containers, but I will try again as I am.pretty sure I did something wrong as I can see all the advantages

  20. I'm in total agreement with you on this method. I started doing this 12years ago when I invested in a large poly tunnel. Growing stuff outside in Southern Ireland can be so hit and miss due to the weather and the prevalence of blight. I also use containers for cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and garlic.

  21. I have grown mine like this for the past three years and I have just emptied my last tub. However, I volunteer at a local Horticultural Charity that trains people with learning difficulties and the Horticultural Supervisor there grew potatoes by laying them on the soil and covering them with a thick layer of grass mulch and keeping them covered all growing season. I harvested some yesterday and I was impressed and surprised by the yield and the quality of the crop. The downside is that some of the tubers had been nibbled by mice, but I may try a row this way next year and see how it works for me. I believe that the ‘no dig’ guru, Charles Dowding grows his this way but uses compost instead of grass.

  22. Gtreat Video! As i mentioned in a few other comments over the past few months ,ive moved house to North Wales.And i have loads of potatoes in big black plastic tubs!So much easier and im pleased with the results so far and its the only way im ever going to grow spuds!And as mentioned by a few others,its a great way to grow many more types of veg!Im very lucky as i have built a big poly tunnel and i will be growing my xmas potatoes in there once the weather changes!Keep up the good work.

  23. I followed all your videos on growing potatoes in containers last winter. Then this year I took the plunge…14 x 30 litre buckets, 4 buckets with Charlotte potatoes and 10 with Sarpo Mira. Excellent results, only thing I will change next year is putting them nearer to the water source ??

  24. Good to see you again Tony… long time ago… My spuds didn't turn out well this year… but next year they just will, or won't they? hehe…

  25. Great video thanks again. I grew for the 1st time in containers and I had a Great yield so I'm already thinking for next year.

  26. Thanks so much! I am in New Zealand and have put my new potatoes and my main crop in the ground. But now I am going to do some extras in containers to see how they go. Can I ask you if the potatoes in containers won't get too hot if they are in full sun? Would it be worth to have the top in the sun but the containers more in the shade? Thanks!

  27. Hi mate, 75% potatoes grown in tubs this year (25% still in ground so I can do comparison on main crop) Watering has been a bit of a pain but I have a system planned for next season that will make it so much easier. Ease of harvest is the biggest winner for me ???

  28. You have convinced me. I have some started in containers that I will move inside when our winter really hits. It might not work well, but it's worth a try.

  29. Thank you, Tony. I’ve grown Jerseys, Maris Pipers, Vivaldi, King Edward, and Red Duke of York spuds in bags this year. Must have had some 40 bags. I have got another 20 bags sown in early August. I had hoped that I would harvest these at the end of October, but the weather this week has been wet, windy and cold. My growing plot is the allotment and I don’t have a greenhouse. A problem I have is also the wind, which damaged some of my summer crop. On the whole, my yield has been good except for the King Edwards, which were damaged by the winds.

    I’ve noted your advice re filling the bag up with soil at the outset and not having to top up. I’ll try that next year. My August sowing is only half full with soil. It was awkward sometimes topping up the soil once the plants started to grow taller.

    I’ve watched your video about how to store the crop over winter and for seed potato. Thank you.

    My allotment neighbour gave us some Kerr’s Pinks which were grown in the ground. They were a bit bland. I’ve kept some of these for seed potato to grow in bags next year and I’m looking forward to comparing them next year.

    Thank you for all the content you put up here. It’s much appreciated.

  30. Excellent video. I bought the containers you recommended and have grown potatoes, carrots and other veg in them.. it’s just so easy

  31. I actually didn't know that about the filling of the container! I was slowly adding more soil as the plant grew. Filling it right from the start makes my job much easier!! Thanks for that time-saver, Tony!! Fabulous tips on growing potatoes in pots!! Well thought out and excellent reasons to use this method! The benefits far outweighs growing them in the ground!! I love the flexibility of moving them around! I was using bags for many similar reasons, but, growing in containers is my way forward! I just didn't get a good yield from the bags! I don't think they got hot enough and they didn't provide the ease of use that a firm container will! Thanks for another awesome video, my friend!! Wising you all the best, always!! Have an amazing weekend!! ???

  32. I will continue to grow potatoes in containers Wether it's plastic or cloth air pots using nothing other than my home made compost and liquid plant foods, Quality not Quantity, cheers Tony.

    ?Happy Gardening my friend's, Terry King.

  33. Hi Tony. I grow mine in pots now, when I first got my allotment I grew them like my dad and his dad and so on in the ground. My problem was slugs and wire worm, if I planted three rows i would have to throw away at least one row because of pest damage so I gave up growing them for a couple of years until I saw a youtube vid (dans allotment I think it was) and I thought wow what a great way to grow spuds and what great harvests. So I now grow in 18 ltr bags for early and 30 ltr for main crop and no pest problems and super crops. Just emptied a 18ltr bag with one Cara in and got just under 6lb return, not bad.

  34. I grew potatoes in cattle mineral buckets this year thinking about doing some for fall. Thanks You're Loved more than you know

  35. I am not a natural gardener and this last year I did it for something to do. I planted incontainers and made mistakes but still had a return which was from me not Tesco. Next year I will do better not just with potatoes but with some other veg as well.

  36. #9 You can cut the tops and move buckets into green house or tunnel, and just empty a bucket at a time through the winter.
    A bit like the Victorian clamps.

  37. You are the reason we planted in containers, 5 days ago. I'm filling mine up gradually to allow my son to actually see the growth, fill the bucket bit by bit and observe it's life cycle more visually.

  38. For millenia? Not quite. A single millenium is 1000 years. Potatoes came from The Americas. You just might be mistaken on dates there, my man. <wink wink nudge nudge> …

    The easiest way I've found is to just lay on top of the ground. Dump a bit of manure + fertilizer on top … and then a pile of wood chips on top of that. Badda-bing, Badda boom. Done deal.
    No pots. No buckets. No digging, even. Just pull the plant from the top and they all come up. No watering – they're in the ground with a huge mulch layer to keep the water in.
    I've got an Arborist friend who runs a tree company. I pull a good 60 yards a year of chips from his lot (my Market Garden is 1.3 acres) . Free and easy. Call some local Tree company in your area. Chances are they've got 'em free for the taking.

    We grow about 300 to 400 lbs a year for ourselves and 800-1000 pound a year for Market. That's too many buckets and too much compost/soil to source.

  39. Great video Tony and i grow my Potatoes in 30L Containers as well.
    Number 8 – because i don't have a Plot or Garden just a Flagged area at the back of my house, so my Containers of spuds are growing there, better for my back, easier to grow and no mess when they are ready, as they are tipped out into a wheelbarrow.
    Barry (Wirral, ENG)

  40. I'm hoping this year I'll get a good potato yield. Last year we grew tiny spuds ? but this year I'll try your container method. ??

  41. Will be doing this next year. Didn't garden this year. As you said in the last video, life happens. I grew tomatoes in containers one year and sister came over once or twice a week to get fresh tomatoes. Checking the comments gave me answer to storage problem. TY we eat lots of taters.

  42. I use the container method it just works people. first year I got an average 8 pounds per container. with some advise on watering from Tony I am hoping to increase my yield this season. would be interested in hearing what other people are using for their soil mix. I have to mix in small batches of 20 litres at a time because of the wheelbarrow size. the ratio for my mix is 12 litres premium potting mix. 4 litres organic compost. 2 litres coir. 2 litres vermiculite or peerlite. plus I add I cup blood and bone and half a cup of garden lime. planted three types this year dutch cream as that was successful last year. plus king Edward and desiree.

  43. Great video once again Tony.
    I am growing potatoes for the first time & I am trying them in hessian bags – I seem to be having success so far as little shoots have come up so fingers crossed & I will let you know. Cheers Denise – Australia

  44. Is the depth of planting seed potatoes dependent upon whether the potato is determinate or indeterminate? If I am correct then indeterminate are mainly main crop potatoes and only grow above the seed potato and determinate potatoes are usually 1st and 2nd earlies and grow below the seed potato. Could you clarify this as you mention just one method and you state you don't need to continuously add soil as the plant grows.

  45. just found your channel so starting to follow My garden is small i want to grow upwards in containers on grow walls bottle towers and small troughs on walls as i wish to grow all my own fruit berries tubers and edible flowers and weeds I am disabled 60yr old widow told by friends ect will be to much ( i don't think so) would be problem i have is mobility and sight am hoping folk here can point me in right direction as had 3 lots workmen in cost several hundred so far and looks like the ww1 battle field no further on i have pop up hot houses pots pallets just to get the soil garden is so uneven over grown one suggestion from USA lady was to put down black membrain onto ground pin down then grass weeds ect wont grow it sounds good any one else views on Yes/No

  46. I never thought potatoes in pots was such a big deal until you explained the difference so well. Now I have my late potato plants in pots, and in the polytunnel, to urge out a much later harvest. I should get 2 crops next year I think.

  47. I prefer containers for potatoes for the very reasons you listed. I am not physically able to dig big trenches so the container is ideal. I also find that you can fill in spots of the garden with the containers to utilize more space. On a positive note, the hurricane didn't blow all the hay off the Ruth Stout beds but it did demolish the shed and send everything in it into the forest! I'll go foraging for my tools tomorrow. Keep those videos coming Mr. Tony!

  48. Good info Tony. Convenience and portability are the reasons i like containers for spuds. Being able to move or set the containers around to get light and just watering the container and not the surrounding beds.

  49. I'm just starting Sebago Potatoes for the first time this year in South Australia.
    really excited to see how they turn out in the long run.
    Thankyou for the fantastic pointers and tips, they'll be practiced in the long run.
    and yes, I've changed my approach towards raised pot containers, instead of in the ground method.
    simply because the time saver, back pain saver, and as well as not damaging the potatoes in the ground.

    Cheers again @UK Here We Grow.

  50. Another great video. It's been a while Tony, but you're still my #1 go to gardener guy. We (my wife Sara and I) are still growing on the roof top of the restaurant we live above. We had a decent summer harvest, and this year we started a fall garden. While we're still harvesting lot's of different peppers, and herbs, and some tomatoes, we recently planted seeds for broccoli, kale, onions, spinach, and swiss chard. Alls well, especially since we bought a rinky dink mini greenhouse from Christmas Tree Shop for $50 bucks. It's actually a really good addition to our already thriving roof top container garden. The only thing missing is potatoes!
    So I found this neat cylindrical thin metal rod object about 2 feet in diameter, and almost 4 feet in height, the spaces between the rods are approximately 1.5 inches apart, and they're vertical.
    I intend to place the object on top of a nice sized garden container filled with dirt, and a couple of seed potatoes. Then line the vertical rod spaced object with "hay," and add dirt or compost along with a potato every 16 inches upward. That would make 5 seed potatoes total in a "container hay tower" potato grower! It's totally experimental, but Ive got a good feeling about this method. I hope to share positive results by Thanksgiving. 3rd Thursday of November.
    Cheers Tony!

  51. We tried container potatoes this year in large fabric pots that we cut from woven poly landscape material and sewed up ourselves. Absolutely perfect skins, so much easier to harvest and not a single spud impaled because no tool was needed to get them out of the soil. Next season I will be starting them earlier and moving them out after the last frost date. Thanks!

  52. 100% endorse this video. Been doing this for three years now, and I've stopped growing in the ground altogether now. Growing in containers gives you so much more flexibility, and control. If you've got a polytunnel, there's no reason you can't be unearthing spuds year round. Also, after the first investment in containers and compost you only need to top up the compost to make up what you can't produce yourself.

  53. started this year with 4 containers and self made compost+ mix with a purchased one. I think I'll keep my harvest as seed potatoes for next year. they are still in the soil at the moment so i'll write when they'll be out! BUT all GOOD reasons mentioned here to chose containers….

  54. The first time i grew them I copyed your set up. No comparison at all what I had in 1 bucket was more than what came out of the ground.

  55. I've grown in containers for 2 years and looove when it's time to dump them out and find the treasures! Another method I've found to be successful is simply laying the seed potatoes on top of the soil (compost) and then mulching heavily. Super easy to harvest by moving away the mulch…potatoes are laying on top of the ground!

  56. Agree with you 100% there! Personally , I use equal parts bought compost ( purchased end of season sales half price and stored ), my own compost and molehill soil . First earlies of Rocket and Arran Pilot are sown in Feb in greenhouse and lifted end of May, then in the same medium/containers with added fish/blood/ bone and either horse muck or chicken pellets , I grow a second crop of a maincrop or 2nd early variety which I lift around now. Container grown spuds just cant be beat mate I agree ??

  57. I have grown my potatoes in tubs for years, for all of the reasons you give! I have to admit though, I do let the leaves appear then top the tubs up as they grow! I have always thought that the sun getting to the foliage will make the plants stronger! I will be trying it your way though. Interestingly, I have on occasion re potted the tops after harvesting early crops and managed to get a small yield later on! It`s a bit hit and miss but a few is better than none don`t you think?

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