Due to a car accident I had a couple of years ago, I find digging spuds in and out an absolute back breaking event. I hated it before much even more so now.
When I entered the showing world of vegetables, I learnt the show method of growing spuds in plastic bags. This suited me as I no longer had to dig them in, hoe them up and dig them back out.
I copied this method for my standard normal eating crop also. I simply fill the bag, put a spud in it, give it a good soak and leave it until it grows.
Once they have finished growing, I simply cut of the helms, lift the bag, stick it on my bench, slit the bag down one side and tip the suds out. Nothing could be more easier and certainly no back pain. I strongly recommend this method to anyone in a similar position or anyone who struggles with potatoes.
However. a few weeks ago I was panicking, as I thought my spuds were be late going out
I decided to try something different and I started them off in 5" pots and put them in the greenhouse. When they started to poke through last week, I transferred them to 17litre bags and took them down my allotment and stood them in the tunnel in an attempt to protect from any frosts. This week I was pleased to see that they were already up in the 17litre bags due to the warmth provided by the tunnel. I will look to put them outside next weekend
Good job mate considering they've only been in the bags a short while. Mine are covered in hailstones at the moment, saves watering I suppose!
Me and himself have branched out and got mod, we grew inside tunnel and outside too. Last year was first year with tunnel spuds and seeing the height of the stems I thought no spuds under them...but low and behold, they were really good sized.This year I have 4/5 seed spuds in an old compost bag and already it is full of top up compost and think they will be good!
Happy spud gardening :)