|~ potato bed ~|
They don't require or want rich soil - don't bother to feed them or use compost with them. I planted them 'by the dark of the moon' so it has been a month now. With the heat of last week & the rains of this, they are showing lots of growth.
Soon I will start to hill them & mulch around the plants. I'll be installing my soaker hose in the next few weeks & will more than likely just run the hose down the center of the bed as I usually don't waste too much time watering this crop.
Come July I'll be able to harvest baby potatoes (if not sooner - depends on the weather) & then by end of August I like to have them all removed. I've noticed in the beds I grew potatoes in last year, there are a few that I missed harvesting, so new plants are already growing! I might dig them up & gently pop them into this bed... or just eat them...
Once you grow potatoes, you'll always have potatoes in your gardens!
(ps - don't compost rotten potatoes or large chunks of potatoes unless you want volunteer plants showing up in unexpected places!)