I have to start by saying that I have no idea if this growing potatoes in a bag experiment is going to work. But if you want to try it with me than we can compare our crops at the end of the summer. Make it a little competition.
But if it doesn’t work please don’t blame me if we all end up with a bag full of mud and rotten potatoes.
I’m sure that won’t happen.
This past weekend was the perfect gardening kind of weekend. I picked up some herbs, tomato, pepper & bean plants at Lowes. But bypassed the seed potatoes. I seem to be able to grow potatoes from my compost potato peels, so I’m sure I can grow them from some old sprouted potatoes in my pantry.
I can’t be the only one who always seems to have a handful of rotten potatoes in her kitchen? I went home and pulled one bag out of the potato bin and the fermented potato juice dripped all over me. So gross. I really need to clean that bin more. But then I wouldn’t have any potatoes to grow.
Now that I had the rotten potatoes under control I needed a container to grow them in. I had pinned the plastic laundry bag trick on Pinterest. But after a trip to the dollar store I couldn’t find one of those laundry bins.
So I looked into Potato Grow Bags like this one from Gardner’s Supply. Umm $20 a bag, no thanks. But guess what? The $20 Potato Grow Bags are made out of the same material as those fabric reusable grocery bags that we all have. See where I’m going with this?
Growing Potatoes in Bags Potato Bag Gardner’s Supply
I only have about 50 thousand of those reusable bags in my car. You know the bags Since I always forget to actually bring them into the grocery store with me, they had to be in my car.
So why the heck not use those!
It should work, right?
Well my rotten potatoes and I are going to give it a shot.
Go to your pantry and get your sprouted potatoes, grocery bags and some $0.99 potting soil and let’s get growing.
Now leave them out to dry for 1-2 days. The purpose of this is to prevent diseases once planted.
Roll down the rim of bag, this allows rain and sun to reach the plants.
Add 4″ of soil to the bottom of the grocery bag. Add potatoes, with eyes facing upwards.
Once the plants have grown 8″ add more soil. It’s ok to cover up the foliage of the plant. Roll up the rim of the bag as you add soil. Repeat again until the bag is full of soil. The potatoes will grow along the buried stem of the plant.
Keep soil moist not soggy. During the hottest part of the summer you may need to water everyday.
Towards the end of the summer the plants should start to yellow and wilt. Once this happens you can stop watering them. Wait a week or two and then dig the potatoes up. To reach the potatoes simply dump the entire bag into a wheelbarrow. Remove potatoes.
Till the soil back into your garden or compost.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated with pictures once the potatoes start to grow.
Think this is going to work? Ready to give it a try with me?
I’d love to hear your potato growing tricks.
After 8 days I found these little sprouts. Woohoo it looks like it may be working.