How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Bagcomments (18) March 17th, 2012
I’d been gardening for many years before I tried growing potatoes because I didn't have space in my garden. But even if you’re short of garden space, you can grow potatoes by planting in a container like a 30-gallon trash bag. I’ve also seen potatoes grown in burlap bags, bushel baskets, and even a pair of old jeans.
Here's how to get started:
Plan on planting potatoes about 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost in your area.
To plant a potato crop you’ll need a 30-gallon trash bag; a loose soil mix like compost and potting soil; seed potatoes or store-bought organic potatoes.
- Prepare potatoes by letting them sprout several days before planting. Cut large seed potatoes into smaller pieces that have several sprouts in each piece.
- Place the trash bag in a sunny place in your garden, patio or other growing spot.
- Roll down the sides of the trash bag.
- Cut holes in the bottom of the bag for drainage.
- Fill the bottom of the bag with soil mix.
- Plant potatoes about 2-3” deep in little hills with sprouts facing up.
- Cover potatoes with soil mix and water.
- Mulch with dry leaves or straw.
- Keep plants watered, but not wet.
- When the leafy shoots are about 6-7” tall, roll the trash bag up a bit and add soil mix to cover all but the top few leaves.
- As the plants grow, repeat this process, keeping the potatoes buried and mulched; keep soil watered, but not soggy.
- When the leaves on the plants turn yellow and the foliage starts to dry, stop watering so the potato skins can dry.
- To harvest potatoes, carefully cut the side of the trash bag and remove potatoes.
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