I had high hopes for our potatoes this year. I purchased 10 pounds of German Butterball seed potatoes last spring and added them to a few random (sprouting) potatoes we had laying around (a few red and a few purple). We had new beds and old beds to plant them in as well as a few garbage cans for the extras. We hooked them up to drip, hilled them up when their foliage got tall enough and watched over them with hopeful eyes.
In the end, we wound up with almost 6 pounds of potatoes. Total. Yes, less than we even started out with. And, really, about 1/3 of the total harvest were the random purple potatoes I threw in at the last minute! Ugh.
We figure that one of the beds didn't get enough sun, though we're not sure about the other bed. We also figure that it's not worth using up valuable bed space for potatoes anymore. The past two years have given us low yields (although last year was definitely better than this year) and it's become rather frustrating. We will, however, try to grow them again in containers since most of this and last years harvests were from containers and not actual bed space.
On a bright note, while digging through the beds to find our few potatoes, we did come across several worms which promptly went to our Ladies for a bit of extra added protein. They were all quite excited about it :-)
I do wonder if our poor potato harvests have anything to do with our climate and/or soil and would love to hear about your experiences with growing your own potatoes. What kind do you grow? Have you learned any tricks to growing a successful harvest? Please feel free to share away, I really would love to have a successful harvest someday ;-)