Growing potatoes in bags. We are going to use empty compost bags to plant potatoes. When using the compost for other projects in your vegetable garden, remember to save the bags after you have emptied them. The compost bags are an excellent choice because the inside of the bag is colored black. This will block out any sunlight from reaching the growing potato sprouts.
To get started, roll the bags down so that they’re only 8 inches high. Add about 4 inches of compost soil to the bag. Place about 3 or 4 seed potatoes on top of the soil with the sprouts facing up spaced evenly apart. It is best to use seed potatoes as these are disease free.
Next you want to cover the seed potatoes with about 4 – 6 inches of compost. Make sure you have several small holes on the bottom of the bags to let excess water drain out. If the potato plant roots sit in standing water they will rot and die. After you have them covered you will need to water. Add enough water just so the compost material is moist.
Place the bags so they will receive a full amount of sunshine. Once the plants start to grow you will add more compost to cover the growth back up. As you add more material you also unroll the bag as needed. Once the bag is about 3/4 full just let the potato plant keep growing. Always keep the material moist to help with the plant growth and crop yield.
This is an ideal way of growing food crops if you have limited space. So even if you live in an apartment you can still grow potatoes using bags, just another container growing method.
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