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A Word About Potato Bags

July 8, 2009

The excellent Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington VT got me hook, line and sinker with an e-mail they sent earlier this year extolling the benefits of their potato bags.  I’d never grown potatoes, but knowing that much of the northern half of this state is dedicated to growing them, I put two and two together and that seemed to = me growing some taters on my deck.  I bought a couple of bags, some Prairie Blush seed potatoes from Wood Prairie Farm, read the instructions that came with the bag, and …

Potatoes, Bagged

Potatoes, Bagged

So far, so good.  No pests and solid, continuous growth.  The process: on May 25, I filled the bag 1/3 full with soil, cut my seed potatoes into chunks with 2-3 eye sprouts per chunk, then buried them.  A week later, I had some leaf growth, so I buried that with more soil to 2/3 full to where only a few leaves were showing.  Another week or so later, more leaf growth that was buried to near the top of the bag.  Now I’m waiting for the payoff in … September, from what I’ve been told.  I wait for the foliage to turn yellow and die off, which is my signal to dig around with my hands and see what’s in there.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2009 2:35 AM

    Fascinating. I’ve really wanted to try potatoes — I wonder if I could keep something like this sufficiently watered in our heat. Sweet potatoes might be a better choice.

  2. Kevin permalink
    July 9, 2009 9:46 PM

    You’d probably have to start them either in March or late September, but I imagine it’s possible down there. And hey, if it doesn’t work out, you’ve got about a yard or two of extra soil for your beds.

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