I’ve done what I can to contribute to my own personal great potato famine.
Last year, since I really, really didn’t know what I was doing, I planted potatoes and knew I had to hill them. Instead of using soil to hill, I had heard that straw was a great way to go. As the plants emerged I waited for them to get a little height and then piled some straw (not hay… you don’t want the seeds) up to the first leaves.
Should have stopped there and maybe done a little more, but I sort of just kept piling the straw on into the summer. Pretty soon it was a huge ol’ pile of straw with potato stems valiantly trying to grow through it to reach the sun.
This year, I’ve ordered my potatoes, but I let them sit too long and they’ve rotted a bit. I’ll need to start over, but I probably won’t lose much time. In the next week or two I can get them out in the garden. And this time, I’ll hill properly.
Here’s a video from gardenforktv on how to hill potatoes.