Sunday, June 5, 2016

It's A Matter of Growing Potatoes In A Bag...

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....

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