Known as the Ruth Stout Method of growing potatoes, we tried this the last two years and it works great.
It is important to have a good loose soil. In Ruth's case her soil had been tilled for a number of years in a row.
Simply lay the spuds on the soil, or like Ruth you can literally toss them on. Cover with hay or straw and you are done.
As the plants get big, you can add more straw if you want, this will help keep the potatoes from being hit by the sun which is what makes them turn green.
We always choose potatoes that are a nice size with lots of eyes already sprouting.
This year we kept accurate records of how many pounds are planted, and we will let you know what our return is.
So that's all there is to it folks.
You can watch Ruth do the same thing here. She plants at about 6-7 minutes in, but the whole video is worth watching.