Tips on Growing Potatoes at Home in Grow Bags or Pots.
Growing Potatoes at Home
Using a Potato Grow Bag
Don't allow yourself to be depressed that you can't grow your own vegetables at home. If you have a bit of space and some type of container you will be able to grow your own vegetables at home.
Growing vegetables at home isn't as time consuming as you might expect. You just need to make sure you give them vegetable feed every few weeks as well as watering them every week.
Grow bags are very easy to use, are reusable, and take up very little space. After you have harvested your vegetables from them, you can wash them and store them away till next year.
So to get started this year, all you will need is buy your grow bag, vegetables, compost, fertilizer and organic vegetable feed.
You can purchase potatoes grow bags in any garden centre.
Variety of Potatoes
There is many varieties of potatoes on the market, so picking one can be difficult. Here is a lists of things to consider when you buy some.
- Choose one that is suitable for your climate.
- Pick a variety that has a good reputation.
- Research the type of potato you are going to grow to see if there any issues around it.
- Buy seed potatoes from a good distributor.
- Research the variety you are considering to see if they have a good yield.
4- 5 Containers or grow bags
2 - 3 Bags of seed potatoes
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Other Potato Containers
Once you have got your equipment ready, the next step is to decide what you're going to plant your potatoes in.
If you don't have any potato grow bags, you can also rely on other types of containers. You can use:
- Old buckets
- Flower pots
Consider what space it is you have available to store these different containers. That's why grow bags are great, they take up very little space.
Potato Planting Procedure
Week 1: Planting Your Potatoes
Week 1 : Planting Your Seed Potatoes
Once you have chosen what variety of potatoes you are going to grow, you need to prepare your grow bags. The procedure is as follows:
- Fill up about 1/3 of your grow bag with vegetable compost.
- Plant 2-3 seed potatoes into each potato grow bag.
- Insert some fertilizer pellets into the bag.
- Cover your potatoes over with another layer of the compost.
- Lastly give your potatoes a good watering .
Week 2: Progress of Potatoes
By week two you will see tiny potatoes sprout shooting up. They will only be a few millimeters in height. As the weeks progress and if you have continuously hot weather, you will see tiny potato stalk shooting up more and more.
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Monthly Progress of Potato Crop
Week 3: Progress of Potato Crop
Week 3 - 5: Update Report
By week three, your potato grow bags should be fully covered with new tiny potato stalks. Each week, as the potato stalks continue to grow, you need to continue to fill up the grow bag with compost.
Eventually the compost will run level with the grow bag. Now you just need to watch your crop for potato blight, fertilize them every few weeks, and water them.
Week 6: Potato Harvest Progress
Week 8: Potato Crop Progress Report
As the weeks progress, you will see the potato stalks increasing in size in your grow bag.
It's important that you continue to water your crop so that they can produce more potatoes.
By month four, if all is progressing as expected, you will see that the potato crop stalks haven risen up about 3 foot from the top of the grow bag.
You will also see small purple flowers growing on the potato stalks.
If you are planting different crops of potatoes, at different times, then using plant labels allows you to write the date that the vegetables were planted on each label.
Growing Potatoes in bag
When to Harvest Your Potatoes
It will take about 3 to 4 months before your potato crop will be ready to harvest.
If the weather was good during the period after you planted your crop, then after about three months, you might find that your potatoes are ready to be harvested.
However, if after three months you are impatient to check the progress of your harvest, empty out one grow bag.
If the potatoes are not yet fully grown, you might prefer to leave them for another few weeks to get bigger.
How to Harvest Potatoes from a Grow Bag
Once it is time to harvest your potatoes from the grow bags, you need to empty out the whole contents of the grow bag. The way to harvest your crop is to do the following things.
- Place a bin liner bag on the ground to avoid a mess.
- Shake up the compost around the roots.
- Use your hands to separate the potatoes from the compost and the roots.
- Make sure you are really through and find all the potatoes among the clay.
- Some rotting seed potatoes will be among the potatoes.
Harvesting Your Potato Crop
The clay in the grow bag will be held very tightly together by the roots in the grow bag.
Potato Blight is Your Enemy
- Potato blight is a disease that infects potato crops.
- It is spread thought the air.
- You need to be vigilant and keep an eye on your potato crop to ensure that it does not get infected with potato blight.
- Regularly check your local newspaper and weather station to see if there are any reports of potato blight.
- Always remain on alert for any black spots, but don't spend the whole 3 months worrying about it.
- If you see black spots on your potato crop leaves or you notice rotten tubers, remove these along with the infected stalks. This might help prevent the blight from spreading.
- You can take preventive measures and spray your potatoes with a copper fungicide to prevent potato blight.
Getting the preparations done in the beginning is really the hardest part of growing potatoes along with being vigilant for potato blight.
Once you have had a successful potato harvest, you will find that you want to grow more vegetables the next year.
© 2014 Sp Greaney