Greenhouse owners eager to get outside and start growing this spring could follow some advice on tending to the perfect potatoes.
Writing for the Telegraph, Mark Diacono explained it is best to place the seeds in a large container with plenty of drainage, as this allows people to control the conditions and keep out pesky slugs.
While some green-fingered types may want to purchase grow sacks or use an old compost bag, a stack of three car tyres filled with earth also makes the perfect home.
The author told individuals to rake up the soil as soon as shoots begin to appear, as this helps to protect them from light.
"In containers add compost regularly, leaving just a few inches of foliage exposed each time," Mr Diacono continued.
He also suggested using a mixture of good-quality topsoil and potting compost, while plenty of water is essential.
According to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, the value of an allotment can be increased if fruit is also grown, as this is a more expensive commodity than vegetables.