So far, my gardening season is going pretty well. I have a tomato that will be ready before July 4th! Please know that this will be the first time that has ever happened.
I have watched the trend of growing foods in bags. I also saw that some folks grow in reused bags. I decided to try the latter.
Well, we no longer have a dog. It's a long story, but let's just say the dog and I are both happier. Rooster Senior probably wouldn't agree.
Anyway, I put a request out on a social media site that my neighborhood has. I got a few funny comments, but several people who were happy to share with me. Here is the bag I was given.
The purpose of growing potatoes in a bag is to grow vertically. I rolled the edges to the inside until only about 1/3 of the bag was height was visible.
I had some potting soil that was not used in my original planting this year. I put it into the bottom of the bag. I did not cut holes to allow water to flow out. As the Potatoes grow, I may do that in the future.
I took my seed potatoes (that I had cut a couple of days before) and placed them into the soil
I put another layer of soil to cover the potatoes. Then, I watered them. It has been rather rainy since I planted these, so I placed the bag just under the roof line to give them moisture. Rooster Senior kept pulling the bag out of the rain....trying to be helpful. I put it back hoping that we could still have a crop.
As you can see, I had nothing to worry about. Since I took this photo, several plants have emerged and I am adding a layer of mulch or soil on top to encourage the vertical growth. As the soil mixture gets higher and higher, I will be unrolling the bag to allow for the growth. I can't wait to harvest these beautiful Red Potatoes!
- This method does not have a large footprint.
- The Dog Food bag has a strong Plastic mesh interior bag. It seems to be working very well and was free!
- Growing Potatoes is a great return on investment if you are going to grow them. I plan to keep a few potatoes back to plant next season.
- If you have never tasted potatoes from your garden, consider yourself to be very unfortunate.
If this goes well, I may try this again next year....