Just wanted to share my accidental success with early potatoes this year. I collect halloween pumpkins from our neighbors to recycle, and this year I made a hot bed. In March I planted some red potatoes under a plastic hoop, with additional row cover underneath (I am in zone 6b). Yesterday (May11) I had my earliest potatoe harvest ever. It’s on a “proof of concept” scale, but nonetheless exciting.
Nothing fancy - just piled cut up pumpkins in there and covered with 2-3 inches of dirt. Kids called it “pumpkin cemetery”. I did add a heap of worms from a compost pile though, and I still see them dancing hapily in there. I love the idea recycling the pumpkisnthis way. Plus I got over a gallon of pumpkin seeds to snack on all winter. I ended up grinding most of it and using as a “bone meal” in other parts of the garden.