If I could only have one food the rest of my life, it would be potatoes. I love them baked (once or twice), boiled, fried, mashed, roasted, scalloped, au gratin, the skins, in soup…you get the idea. I love potatoes.
And what’s better than a potato? A freshly harvested potato! Potatoes are so easy to grow anyone can do it. A garden is not even a requirement. When planted in planting bags, potting mix, fertilizer, water, seed potatoes, and a sunny spot are all that’s needed.
Fill the planting bag with about six inches of soil, mix in organic fertilizer, and place seed potatoes with eyes facing up. Cover them with a few more inches of potting mix.
Some gardeners cut large seed potatoes into smaller pieces. If you follow this practice, make sure each piece has a couple eyes and let them dry for a few days before planting. Seed potatoes are inexpensive so I don’t cut them. I just plant whole seed potatoes.
It won’t take long for sprouts to emerge.
Keep the potting mix moist but not soggy. As plants begin to grow, add more potting mix. In the garden, this process is referred to as ‘hilling’. Some gardeners believe hilling is unnecessary. Instead, they plant seed potatoes five to six inches deep and just let plants grow. Green potatoes are caused by exposure to the sun, so I prefer to protect my potatoes by continuing to cover plants as they grow.
When the planting bag is filled to the top with soil, the plants continue to grow and flower. Harvest potatoes now if you prefer ‘new potatoes’. Otherwise, wait a couple weeks after foliage yellows and dies back.
Then empty the contents of the planting bag and collect potatoes.
If you are short on space, if the only sunny spot occurs on your deck or patio, or if you just want to try a new method of growing, grow yummy potatoes in planting bags. Garden with me!