It's Springtime once again, and I find myself sending many gardening links to my friends and family. This year, I feel a little more urgency to get everyone to plant some food.
My number 1 suggestion was a potato patch.
Two things you can do to make your life easier while growing lots of potatoes..... 1.solarization, and 2.using "no-dig" gardening methods.
Solarization is just an easy way to kill weeds.... you can lay plastic down two or three weeks in advance to kill grass and weeds in the area before you plant. If the season is already in full swing and it's too late to solarize the weeds, you can simply lay cardboard down over the grass and build your bed up from there.
Ruth Strout was the old gal who made no-dig gardening a well known topic. She was elderly, and digging in the garden was just too much work for her. Instead, she would make beds from cardboard, straw, hay, and would place small handfuls of compost into the beds where she would plant seeds.
In the video below, a couple from the mid-west uses no-dig methods to plant out potatoes for an easy harvest at the end of the season. 330 LBS of potatoes in a root cellar will keep you from starving!
Add a drip irrigation line and, by definition, you will be growing your no-dig potatoes hydroponically. Whether or not this is necessary depends partly on how dry the growing conditions are in your location. Check out the video!