anyone give me advice on growing potatoes in plastic tubs ??
I read in a magazine to put them in a small amount of soil to begin with, then add more as they grow. not sure where I put it now.
I am sure someone will be along soon with something more helpful
I grew spuds in old potting compost bags last year in my polytunnel using the same method as rainbowfish suggests.
I turned the bags inside out so the black inside was outside attracting the heat of the sun. I had a lovely crop.
This should be helpful http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/video-projects/how-to-grow-potatoes-in-a-container/255.html
Grown them in very large pots, and as suggested add soil as the haulm grows, just six inches over them to begin with, plant a few tubers in the same pot, had good clean crops.
thanks to you all for your advices
how high does the leaf grow?
i had the idea of behind my rockery area but dont want a big bushy background
i could maybe choose another location which would stop the weeding if a large bag placed
and can i just plant any spuds i have in the kitchen etc?
when is best to start them off?
Most varieties have haulm (the leafy bit on the top) up to two or three feet high and very bushy. They need to be somewhere you can move the soil about as you ought to heap it up around them as they grow - this increases the crop and stops them going green and poisonous.
The spuds you find sprouting at the back of the cupboard will do, although it's best if the shoots are not more than an inch or so long. You can buy (from the garden centre/hardware shop/supermarket) at this time of year bags of 'seed potatoes'. These are of named varieties with certain characteristics and you can choose the one you want. Stand them upright in egg boxes or similar somewhere light and cool (but frost-free) and they'll develop short stout shoots from the 'eyes'. Around the end of March plant them in rich soil (they love compost and manure) somewhere sunny.
Freshly dug spuds are VERY yummy.