The potato is the one vegetable that the majority of us eat in the UK. It is incredibly versatile. You can make chips, crisps, mashed potato and so many other things. However, rather than buying your potatoes from your local supermarket, there is another option that you could consider; growing potatoes in bags.
Growing potatoes in a bag of potting soil is so easy to do, and there are so many benefits that come with doing so. In order to give you a better idea of why you should give it a try, here are a few examples of some of the benefits associated with doing so.
- Less of a Risk – Growing potatoes in the ground is fine and perfectly effective. However, there is one risk that a lot of people forget about, and that is the vegetables being attacked by bugs and worms who will munch their way through them. When you use a grow bag, there is a much lesser risk of this occurring.
- Perfect for Small Gardens – If you only have a small garden, then it is unlikely that you will have the space to grow potatoes in the ground. The plants take up quite a lot of space, especially if you want a good yield. However, just because you have a small garden, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy homegrown potatoes. When growing potatoes in bags, you are able to save a significant amount of space.
- Easy Harvesting – Harvesting potatoes is back breaking work, especially if you have a lot of them to harvest. With a grow bag, you can easily harvest your potatoes as there will only be a small amount to take out of each bag, making harvesting in general a lot easier and faster.
- Less Mess – When harvesting potatoes, you will have to dig them from the ground. This is fine if you have a field of crops, but if you are harvesting your potatoes from your garden then you can imagine how much mess this could cause. One of the biggest advantages of using a bag to grow potatoes is that there is far less mess for you to worry about.
Tips for Growing Potatoes in Bags
If you want to enjoy homegrown potatoes but you are short on space, then you might be interested in using bags to grow them. If you think that this is something that would benefit you, then read on below to see some tips that may help you to do so.
Keep New Seeding Potatoes Covered
In terms of how to grow seed potatoes, the main thing that you should keep in mind is that they need to be covered to begin with. This is to protect them from the sunlight and from going green. You don’t need to do anything other than make sure that they are covered with soil and this will provide them with sufficient protection.
Where to Place the Grow Bags
In order to get the best results when growing potatoes in bags, the best thing to do is to place them in an area where they are going to be able to get a lot of sunlight. Somewhere like a patio usually works well. Another thing to keep in mind is that you are going to need to make sure that the soil stays moist; not too wet but not dry either.
Keep an Eye On Them
Although growing potatoes in bags does give them some more protection from pests, they are still at risk. This is why it is important that you keep an eye out for any bugs around the grow bags themselves. Anything like worms or caterpillars in particular, but anything that can possibly chew through the potatoes should be looked out for. If you see them, simply remove them from the area.
By following these tips, you should have no trouble growing homegrown potatoes from a bag. If you want to be able to harvest large amounts of potatoes then you can place several grow bags placed around the garden which will allow you to grow in large numbers. Homegrown potatoes are far higher in quality than supermarket bought potatoes; you will certainly notice the difference.