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No-Dig Potatoes
by Ron Williams

You can grow an enormous crop of potatoes without any of the backbreaking effort of digging. Just follow the steps below.

There is no need for fork or spade in any way, shape or form. This is ideal for those who have problems bending and lifting heavy loads. It is also a good project for a school or aged home gardening project.

Mark out an area of lawn,

1. Lay down some weed suppressing material like carpet underlay, cardboard or thick layers of newspapers.

2. On this put a layer of compost and/or earth.

3. Put seed potatoes, or pieces of potato with eyes directly onto this layer of compost, exactly where you want them to grow

4. Cover this with a fairly generous layer of mulch or hay/straw, roughly 30 cm (1ft) deep.

5. Water this in well. Green plant shoots will come through this layer of material.

6. Add mulch as required to cover any tubers, which may grow on the surface of the mulch.

7. Water and treat pests and diseases regularly as required

8. With this method you can pull back part of the mulch to access some of the small potatoes for early use.

9. When the Haulms (Plants) have died back, you can pull back the remaining mulch to find a big crop of clean big potatoes. Which probably won’t even need to be cleaned.

10. Next growing season, lay the seed potatoes directly onto the broken down layer of mulch to start again.

This method of growing potatoes requires little effort, on the part of the gardener. You are able to grow potatoes anywhere from the lawn to a rooftop to a driveway.

It also helps teach youngsters about where and how some of the produce actually comes from and grow, rather than it simply coming from a greengrocer. So why not get out there today, and grow your own potatoes.

© 2001 Ron Williams

Ron Williams is a Freelance writer as well as being a Horticulturist and a Rehabilitation Therapy Aid at a Psychiatric Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He writes ezines for He runs his own Website called Bare Bones Gardening. He also owns a discussion group about Australian Gardening, called Austgardens at



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