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.