After a few days, you’ll start to see beautiful potato vines appear. These stems are thick and usually have bright green leaves. Let the vines grow until they are around 15cm tall, then you’ll have to do something called ‘hilling or mounding’ the potatoes. This is also the most crucial, tiring, but fun part of growing potatoes!
Hilling or mounding brings loose soil, compost, or straw around the vines where the potatoes will form, this also deepens the roots into cooler soiler. With the first hilling, we suggest covering the vines up so only the top leaves are exposed. This allows for hilling to be done in another two to four weeks with another 10cm of loose soil bought around the vines.
Doing this produces more roots, and most importantly more potatoes for your harvest while leaving the exposed leaves to produce energy for the plant to grow even bigger.