Growing Potatoes In Bags

I did an article on growing tomatoes in ice cream buckets and today we are going to learn how to grow potatoes in bags.

You can buy ready made pots if you don’t want to go to the trouble of stitching up your own but I already had landscape fabric left over from other projects and I’m a do it yourself kind of gal.

I’ve included pictures to help you see what I’m doing.

It’s not difficult to make one and you don’t have to be good at sewing. Your stitches don’t have to be perfect; your potatoes won’t care.

First I cut a circle out of landscape fabric 26 inches across. I took a measuring tape to use as a sort of compass but you can use a piece of string or whatever you might have on hand to help get a uniform circle. I used a piece of chalk to mark my cutting lines.

The brand I bought was three foot wide, which will give you a bag a little less than a yardstick tall after seam allowance. I cut another piece 84 inches long. My circle is 82 inches around and I added a couple for sewing. I made about a one-inch seam give or take; no need to measure, just eyeball it.

As you can see in the picture you sew up the three-foot sides making a cylinder. Then you attach the circle to one end of your tube to make a can shape.

Turn the seam side in so you now have a nice bag with the seams on the inside. Roll down the sides to about eight inches; add six inches of soil or potting mix and then your seed potatoes.

You can find seed potatoes at any feed store or garden center that sells seeds and plants. Cut the eyes or buds in sections from the potato. Each eye will be a plant.

Cover with dirt so that just a little bit of the sprout is peaking out.

After your plants start growing you will need to add soil to them after they get a few inches above the ground. Potatoes should always be kept mostly under dirt with just a little head sticking out. Keep unrolling and adding dirt as they grow until they are mature then you can dump the contents on to a tarp and unearth your vegetables. Be careful if you use a shovel or sharp tool or you might damage your potatoes.

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Suramya.K 5 years ago

Is this evergreen or will only work in some seasons? But it seems to be worth a try, as my curiosity level is pumping. Time to grow some potatoes, I love French fries!!

Great DIY Pamela!!


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anujagarwal 5 years ago from Noida

Great Information Pamela! Can you also tell, how much time it usually takes to grow the potatoes.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think this is a very clever idea and something I might try. It isn't easy to grow produce in norther FL due to such sandy soil so your idea would make all the difference. Thanks.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Just a note. I've read you cannot use the same soil season to season with potatoes. I've seen commercial potatoe bags, but they were a lot smaller than you produced. I might be mistaken, but I think your potatoes are ready to harvest when the top foliage dies out.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Suramya, it is different depending on where you live so you would need to find out the optimum time to grow potatoes in your area. I have readers all over the world and as you know growing seasons vary.

anujagarwal, it takes about ten to twelve weeks to grow potatoes. You need to keep them watered well as above ground gardening drains well.

Pamela, this would help with that. You can use potting mix to get a good soil.

mckbirdbks, those smart pots or gro pots come in different sizes. Some are pretty big but they can be expensive if you make your own you can make them as large as you want.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a great idea. I agree with Pamela99 - it's not easy growing anything in this sandy soil of FL. I have to give this a try. Rated up and useful.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, KoffeeKlatch Gals. I hope you have a great crop.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow!

With great instructions and pictures like that, even I could do it!


Suramya.K 5 years ago

I guess winter is the best season to grow potatoes. Here in my country, it is summer now and all the potatoes available here are stored underground as they were grown back in winter. Should definitely give it a try!!


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

WillStarr, it is an easy project that anyone can do.

Suramya, it will be different all over the world. We all have different growing seasons. Good luck with your gardening.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm actually very handy, Pamela. I was just kidding!


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

I bet you are, Will.


Suramya.K 5 years ago

Thanks Pamela, waiting for more gardening tips!!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love potato and I'll show this hub to my father. I hope he'll get a lot of inspiration after reading this hub. Well done, Pam. I always learn something new from you. Rated up!

Prasetio


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, prasetio30. I hope your father likes this idea. You can grow other plants this way too.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I've gotta stick with you, Pamela. I'll never go hungry.:)

You have the most unique ways to garden. Thanks

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Fay.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I remember when my grandfather grew potatoes, but that was in the ground. For people without enough land...this would appear as a good option. Thanks!


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Peggy, the great thing about it is you don't have to have very much room and you can move them if you need to.


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Great idea, have you ever tried the method where you repurpose old car tires to grow patatoes?

This method is something I will absolutely try.

Thanks for the inspiration. Mike


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

I haven't grown potatoes in them but I grow impatience in a truck tire. They work great for growing many things.


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Duffee 4 years ago

This is something I would love to try!! (If only I got more sunlight in my yard!!) What an excellent hub!! Thanks for sharing!! Cheers, Jenn


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Jenn, I have a lot of trees and have a hard time finding a sunny spot. If you can find one this is a great way to grow potatoes.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Interesting. I've grown them in hay and the ground, might as well try a bag. Thank you


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hubert, I haven't tried hay. There are so many ways to grow vegetables.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Actually it was straw instead of hay. I forgetthat they are different.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

That is still a technique I haven't heard of. Perhaps you should write an article about it.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

I might do that.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Absolutely coo-ol idea! Unique and easy and productive too!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, frogyfish, it makes it easier to keep the dirt mounded around them.

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