No Dig Potatoes from seed to harvest

See the whole process from sowing to ‘earthing up’ to harvest, by pulling not digging. Potato plants easily root into undisturbed, no dig soil, while developing potatoes need soft, surface material to grow in. It’s often assumed that potatoes just won’t grow in soil that has not been thoroughly loosened, but this video shows the opposite. Filmed at Homeacres April to July 2018, in a spring that started cool and wet, then turned hot and dry after 3rd May. My garden is no dig and you see how few weeds are growing. We spend most of our time planting and picking, about two hours/week on weeding a quarter acre/1000m2.

12 thoughts on “No Dig Potatoes from seed to harvest

  1. Thank you Charles! This is very helpful. This will be my second year of no dig (so far great) and will be first at proper ‘no dig’ potatoes, so thanks for this information. I should be 100% no dig now with this!

  2. This is my first year growing vegetables and after doing lots of research I had come to my own version of no-dig for almost everything, however after breaking my back all day harvesting potatoes I have found this online and am thrilled.

    I will 100% be following this procedure from now on and hope to find more useful information on your site, Charles.

    And the icing on the cake is that I live within 5 minutes of Homeacres so hope to meet you at the forthcoming open day!

    Many thanks

  3. Dear Charles,

    This is my first year of ‘No Dig’ and I’ve been very busy reading your books, diary and calendar. I just have one question. When would you purchase your seed potatoes first early and seconds in order to chit them in time?



    1. No rush Charlie as chitting is not obligatory! However any time from now is good, park them on a windowsill in light. Not in a greenhouse where they might freeze.

  4. I have just had my seed potatoes delivered and I bought an allotment beginners selection of 6 x 1kg which is around 13 seed potatoes of 6 varieties. I went and measured the bed I was hoping to use to grow the potatoes this year which is 4.3m x 1.4m and it seems I will struggle with space. What would you advise? To either grow a smaller selection, maybe 5-6 of each type or grow and harvest the earlies and then plant the main crops mid-June to harvest end Oct/early Nov?

    1. Up to you Darryl, maybe grow earlies mostly as they plant more closely and as you say the space is then free to grow other vegetables

  5. No dig has made it to my backyard farm in Beavercreek, Oregon. I have a couple of potato questions if you don’t mind. I found that if I don’t order my seed potatoes now, there aren’t any left in the shops by the time I want to put them in the ground. Do you have any tips on storing until planting? Also what are your thoughts on sprouting them in a window and cutting/chitting them before planting.
    Anxiously awaiting my 2020 calendar…..

    1. Hi Holly and nice to hear.
      After buying seed potatoes, just lay them one deep in a box and near a window, so the sprouts they make stay short and strong, not long and white which happens if kept dark.
      Those sprouts are called chits. Your two Q’s have one answer, plus I would cut them only of large, which they should not be.

  6. Hi Charles,

    Very excited to be doing more no dig vegetable growing this year as we now have another 4 veg beds in our back garden 😀 (plus 3 in the front garden & another out the back). No dig makes veg growing a lot more accessible for me with a chronic illness which is great. Loving your videos (& books) for hints and tips & direction.

    My question- please could you let me know if there anything that we could plant either in between the potatoes (catch crop like radishes maybe or intercropping?) or very near (potentially cabbages as you had done as they looked pretty close to the potatoes- would you recommend that over putting anything inbetween them? Anything else as well as cabbages that could work well?) thank you in advance 🙂.

    1. Yes I plant multisown radish and turnips (sown now) between potatoes.
      Early cabbage and coriander close.
      Enjoy your new beds!

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