sorry to hear of the high price of your Russets. Mine are not quite that bad yet. I only buy taters on sale--this week I bought 5 # of Klondike rose
They are usually 3.49 around here.-- Sarah,
if your neighbor is giving you home grown potatoes
, and you would like to keep them for future use you can cook, mash and freeze the excess potatoes
. Mash them as you would normally just leaving out the salt. Add that when you warm them this winter. My DH did that when he was single,-(many years ago)- & it worked well.
On a gardening show the other day, I saw a way to "container garden" potatoes
I believe I am going to do mine this way next year.
You get a half bushel basket, & cut out the bottom. Place it on the top of your garden area where you want the potatoes
to grow. fill the basket half full of a mixture of topsoil and compost. lay 2 or 3 seed potatoes
of your choice on top.--it is recommended they each have 3 eyes, to assure a greater crop yeild-- now cover to the top of the basket with more of your soil mix.
care for as you would any other container plant. When it is time to harvest, tip to the side & harvet your crop.--no digging required.