Potatoes are the most versatile vegetables which can easily be grown in all sorts of containers, such as a bag. Did you know that growing potatoes in a bag is the perfect way to get fresh spuds?
If you don’t have a garden, but you are passionate about gardening, you can perform your hobby on the balcony. All you need is soil, potatoes and a warm space with access to sunlight. These are the secret ingredients for a beautiful balcony harvest.
What you should know about growing potatoes in bag
The most important thing is to wait until spring to plant your potatoes. Before taking any action it’s important to make sure that the danger of frost is gone. The ideal season to plant potatoes is spring (March-April). However, you can start in February if it’s not frosty – but with these weather fluctuations given by the global warming, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to start growing potatoes in a bag on the balcony. To proceed with this action, you can get container, a trash bag, a burlap, or you can make your own bag.
How to Make Your Own Potato Bag
The easiest bags are just old burlap sacks with the tops rolled down. You can also sew or staple together weed barrier fabric into the appropriate shape. Leave enough fabric at the top to unroll as you hill the potatoes inside. You are not limited to growing potatoes in bags. You can also set out an old tire and fill it with soil and seed potatoes. Another easy method is to cut off the top of a bag of compost. Dump out all but the bottom few inches of compost and roll the top of the bag down. Plant in the bottom of the bag, adding compost as the plants grows.
Steps To Grow Potatoes In A Bag
- Once you have a bag for your potatoes, fill the bottom with a couple of inches of soil and compost mix and plant your seed potatoes.
- Fill with just enough medium to cover the tops of the tubers.
- Keep the soil mix evenly moist and cover the sprouted potato greens with compost mix as they come up.
- Keep them covered and unroll the burlap as the soil level rises. Once the soil is at the top of the bag, allow the plants to flower and die back and then dump out the contents so you can pick through and get all the spuds.
- You can also harvest young spuds early in the process.
- Growing potatoes in bags is a simple, no-fuss method that yields more potatoes and causes less harvest damage.