Last year, I grew potatoes in the ground, but this year I decided to use the potato bags again. I think I have it figured out this time. I planted earlier--in March--and I'm keeping them bags out of direct sun and being careful not to over-water. I think my last potato bag disaster was due to hot summer temperatures combined with overzealous watering (due to the hot temperatures). So far, things seem to be going well.
Here is the first bag I planted back on March 18, sitting next to my two blueberry bushes.
And here it is today, April 28. Potatoes grow so quickly!
Today I filled in dirt and compost around the stalks until it was almost to the top of the bag. Now, I just have to wait and try not to get to crazy with the watering. If I'm good, I should have some potatoes by June. What could be easier than that? (I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying that.)