Smart Pots - Fabric Planting Bags Grow Potatoes Easily!
I really love to grow potatoes. Fresh grown potatoes are superior in taste and texture to what you can buy in the store. The only thing I don't love about growing potatoes is harvesting them. Digging them is hard work, and I always seem to cut or damage a bunch of them with the shovel while I am digging them up, and that really makes me mad!
Then one day I was shopping around in Amazon's garden section (they have some really cool stuff) and I saw these Smart Pot planter bags. I was thinking "What? How can you plant in a bag?" So I read the reviews and I was amazed! People were planting tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and yes, even potatoes in them! In fact, they are recommended as being perfect for growing potatoes more than any other vegetable. Let me explain why.
When growing potatoes in a bag, you start out by folding down the sides so the bag is only half as tall as it usually is. Put 4 inches of dirt in the bottom. Take your sprouted potatoes that you cut up and let dry for 24 hours, and put them in the dirt, eyes up. I put 4 of them in a 20 gallon bag.
Cover the potatoes in two inches of dirt and keep watered. When the plants come up, let them grow to about 6 inches, and then add two more inches of dirt. When they grow up to 6 inches again, add two more inches of dirt. Make sure to roll the bag up to make it taller, as you add dirt.. When your dirt is two inches from the top of the bag, stop adding dirt and just keep them watered. When the plants begin to die and turn yellow, wait about two weeks to harvest.
Now comes the really cool part! To harvest your potatoes, all you have to do is to upend the bag and dump the whole thing into a wheel barrow. Search through the dirt and pick out your potatoes. It's just that simple. So much faster and easier and better on your back than traditional harvesting.
Another great thing is that you can grow potatoes anywhere! On your balcony, your patio, your deck, anywhere that you have a room for a bag and sunlight. You are not prevented from growing your own food anymore, simply because you don't have land to till.
Videos Showing Smart Pots
A few videos showing the ease of use that smart pots offer and why they are superior to plastic or clay pots.