Back in England, I have a friend who has a spud bucket, a large metal rubbish bin filled with soil, into which she thrusts a needy hand and miraculously pulls out a spud or two for dinner. She keeps it in the backyard and, needless to say, does not need to buy spuds, ever. Potatoes need well-drained, loose soil, but lots of rain, so they are perfect for high elevations here in the Catskills. To have your own potato bucket simply:
1. Drill three or four holes in the bottom of a bucket, about half the size of a garbage pail;
2. Line the bottom of the bucket with a three-inch layer of rocks for drainage;
3. Add a six-inch layer of peat and compost on top of the rocks;
4. Throw in four seed potatoes;
5. Cover with a two-inch layer of peat/potting soil mix and pat down.
You should find out what grows best in your area, grow lots of it and swap with your neighbours. Here at Dispatch HQ we also have berries that are so prolific they are burrowing underneath the garden fence and making their escape into the wilderness. Today, we planted potatoes in the beds next to the asparagus.
1. Add compost/peat mix onto the existing bed;
2. Work it into the existing dirt;
3. Dig a four-inch trench;
4. Plant the spuds six inches apart.