Since I was asked for some tips.
I have been growing potatoes about 15 years non-stop now (the last run at the potatoes).
Basically, got tired of store bought "organics" costing $$$.
Before that, I was born onto a homestead and did not know of store bought potatoes until about 18 years old.
Potato is the "second bread" for many Europeans, how can you do without.
So, the potatoes.
I do lots and lots of mulch; more the merrier (any organic waste over the plants; cardboard between the rows/plants; cardboard pinned down by mulch).
I don't water.
I don't hill (thick mulch layer takes care of that).
I do lots of varieties (some names I don't even remember anymore) - the more varieties you do the merrier.
same for the apples that I do, btw
same the bees that I just now learn how to do sustainably (not industrially)
variety of lines at all times is your insurance - have to have the potatoes no matter how the summer turns out (wet/cold or hot/dry)
Place some fertilizer along-side the tubers (when planting).
Collect the potato beetles by hand.
Keep the potatoes in ground until the hard freeze in forecast (then dig them up and store in cardboard boxes in the garage; mix in some paper shreds for storage).
Though, I would keep some potatoes directly in ground (they do great in ground); but I rent the land for the potatoes in a community garden - hence don't leave them there for winter.
This is the half-patch, spring 2019, typical for me (other gardeners fill the compost bin on the background with their garden waste for me to use):