How to Grow Potatoes in Bags
The traditional method of growing potatoes is tilling, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. Traditional harvesting involves hard work to dig up all those potatoes. Eliminating this back breaking work has been key to the development of many easier ways to harvest potatoes.
I love the idea of growing potatoes in a “raised bed” bag that are moveable and space saving. The older we get, the less time we want to spend on our knees pulling weeds, working the earth, and harvesting. There is some magical pleasure in running dirt thru your fingers, planting seed and seeing those sprouts come up. The joy you feel by growing and harvesting your own vegetables, and they taste so much better than anything you will buy in the store.
While you can grow potatoes in any stable bags, I have found these to work best.
Grow Bags are affordable, space saving, and durable. You are able to use them year after year without having to empty them to store the bags every winter. For us on the homestead, we area always looking for something that will withstand use for years.
The potato grow bags are an excellent idea for suburban dwellers, with limited growing space. Why should homesteaders be the only one to have the thrill of playing in the dirt, watching something they planted sprout & harvesting good healthy nutritious food.
Potatoes are one of the easiest root crops to grow. They are a tasty feast, growing in a small area and can provide a nice yield.
Early spring is the best time to plant potatoes. You buy “seed potatoes” from your local nursery or online. This can be rather confusing because there is no seed involved when planting potatoes. A potato is a tuber, a way for a potato plant to store energy so that it can regrow next year. In spring, potato tubers will start to sprout new growth from growing points called eyes. Each potato has several eyes. Cut seed potatoes into chunks with 2 to 3 eyes per piece. You let these dry for a couple days before planting to reduce risk of rotting. This is the old school way of doing it but it works so we continue to let them dry.
- Grow bags
- Compost & soil mix
- Seed Potatoes
Seal the flap to your grow bags before you put soil and compost in them. Fill the Grow bag 1/2 full with soil and compost. Living on the homestead I have plenty of top soil and animal manure compost.
Set 4-5 seed potato chunks on top, adding approx. 4 inches of soil and compost on top of the seed potatoes.
As they grow you can add more soil to fill the grow bag and keep the growing tubers covered.
Water regularly. Stop watering 3-4 days before you plan to harvest.
You can harvest as early as right after they bloom, for young potatoes. For mature potatoes, harvest when the tops are brown and dry.
I hope you and your family will enjoy the experience of growing potatoes in bags and the tasty homegrown treat.
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