Home Outdoors Series – Growing Potatoes in a Bag

OK… This is just quirky. But I am going to try this. It sounds simple which means even I can do it!

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: October 22, 2012

Here’s how to grow potatoes in a bag, just like Kate Middleton does.

It’s hard to imagine soil under Kate Middleton’s manicured nails, but the Duchess of Cambridge is a long-time gardener who fancies growing potatoes in bags.

That’s what the lovely Kate recently told a gardener at Elswick Park in Newcastle, England. The royal then confessed that she was a bit disappointed in her spuds this year, which were rather scrawny.

Gardening in bags (http://www.houselogic.com/blog/gardens/garden-in-a-bag/) is really simple. Potatoes, which develop underground, are particularly well-suited to grow in upright plastic bags of topsoil mixed with compost (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/composting/start-compost-pile/). Fresh soil (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/gardens/how-to-fix-soil/) cuts down on the risk of disease and insect infestation. And you can place the bags anywhere there’s full sun.

Here’s how to grow potatoes in a bag:

•Fill a black garbage bag with 8 inches of topsoil mixed with about 4 inches of compost. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage, and stand it up vertically.

•Peel down the plastic, and place 4 seed potatoes, eyes up, evenly spaced on top of the nutrient-rich soil.

•Cover the spuds with another 4 or 5 inches of compost-enriched soil.

•Water until moist (not sopping wet).

•As the plant grows, cover foliage with soil until the bag is 3/4; full, peeling up the plastic as you go.

•Water as needed.

•When foliage turns brown and dies, it’s time to harvest your potatoes.

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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