Potato-Hilling Method for Northern Gardeners


We Get Lots of These 

We get lots of these
Photo by Ron Melchoire

In conjunction with our recently published book, The Self-Sufficient Backyard (in Mother Earth News Store), we’ve been making short videos of how we do things around the homestead. One of the things generating interest is how we grow potatoes.

Our Method for Growing Potatoes

I know everybody has their methods for growing potatoes from covering them in hay, planting them in barrels, buckets, grow bags and the list goes on. For over 40 years, we’ve planted potatoes only one way. Why change when we have been so successful. Success for us is measured in the consistent size and quantity of potatoes a hill produces year in and year out.

Roughly 400 pounds of Root Cellared Potatoes

Roughly 400 pounds of root-cellared potatoes
Photo by Ron Melchoire

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