Growing Potatoes in Bags

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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?

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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.

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Go to your pantry and get your sprouted potatoes, grocery bags and some $0.99 potting soil and let’s get growing.

how to grow potatoes Growing Potatoes in BagsTo get the potatoes ready for planting. You can cut your potatoes up for a bigger yield. Just make sure each piece has at least two eyes on it.

Now leave them out to dry for 1-2 days. The purpose of this is to prevent diseases once planted.

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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.

growing potatoes in sack Growing Potatoes in BagsCover potatoes with 3″ of soil.

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Water thoroughly.

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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.

Potato Care

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.

Update

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After 8 days I found these little sprouts. Woohoo it looks like it may be working.

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18 thoughts on “Growing Potatoes in Bags

  1. Love love love this idea!!! Got compost and bags..going to the farmers co-op to get my seed potatoes! I think I will try sweet potatoes as well! Thank you so much for the pictures! Keep em comin!!

    • I’ll be honest I stopped posting pictures because my 2 year-old found the bags and dumped them out. But it was late enough in the summer that we did find lots of good sized potatoes so I know it would work.

  2. This DOES seem like a really good idea and really, there is nothing to lose since even if the potatoes don’t grow, you can still use the soil. Thanks for the info, I can’t wait for spring!

  3. I just went through a bag of potatoes only to find them without sprouting eyes. I cut the potatoes in half and used the toothpick method, hopefully they will sprout some growth soon, since my above gardens are all planted. Fingers crossed

  4. You didn’t say anything about holes for drainage. Is it necessary to clip holes in the bottom of the bags? I love this idea since we have sand here.

    • I didn’t put any holes in the bottom. The bags are porous enough. So far it’s working. My potato plants are about 10″ tall now. So hopefully come fall we’ll have lots of potatoes.

    • I know I have no idea if they’re going to grow or not. But I figure I have nothing to lose, everything was free except for the $0.99 bag of soil.

    • I know it’s still crazy to me. But I actually find it harder to grow things here than in Ontario. Our spring time is great for our plants and they all come up so quickly, but it’s about to get really really hot. And it’s basically impossible to keep much alive in the summer. I’ve noticed that far fewer people even bother doing gardens here compared to Ontario (and I’m sure BC too).

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