Maybe you’re not ready to jump into vegetable gardening just yet. But what about a small adventure? How about growing some potatoes in a bag? The Potato Bag allows even first-time gardeners to get a good harvest — up to 13 pounds — without the need for digging or weeding.
The Potato Bag is actually a 15-gallon fabric “pot” that measures 18″ across and 14″ tall. The porous fabric makes the pot lightweight and easy to locate in almost any sunny spot. Just fill it up with a couple shovelfuls of good soil or a bag or two of topsoil.
Potatoes are traditionally grown in rows that are about 18″ wide. Once the potato plants get a few inches high, gardeners “hill up” the soil around the base of the plant. Since potato tubers develop along the plant’s stem, the more of the stem that’s covered with soil, the more potatoes will form. With the Potato Bag, the whole burying part is super easy. The potatoes get planted near the bottom of the bag in about 4 inches of soil. As the plants grow taller, you cover the stems by adding more soil to the bag. It’s pretty much foolproof.
In our test gardens, we have experimented with a number of different fabric pots, and this Potato Bag gave us the best results. One of our testers here at Gardener’s Supply was Diane, a first-time potato grower. With little effort, she harvested 13 pounds from one of her bags. “I used a variety called Green Mountain, because they were developed at the University of Vermont and I’m a proud UVM alumna.” Diane says it is important to monitor the bags for moisture, so they’re neither too dry nor too wet. During the heat of the summer, she watered almost every day.
For more on the Potato Bag, read the detailed instructions.