Growing potatoes in bags
Imagine you could grow potatoes and move the entire plant as desired. How good would your life be?
If you could be growing potatoes in bags you could protect your plants from bad weather which is really helpful.
But, right now, here you are. Without any of that.
Growing in your garden, praying for a good season, harvesting while making a big mess. What went wrong?
But, it doesn’t have to be this way:
There is a way you can start growing your own potatoes. And, it’s not too hard to do for yourself.
All of the answers you need are right here in this article. To get them, you just need to read on.
About grow bag gardening
Grow bags let gardeners grow in fresh soil, year-round, producing crops faster and the best thing is you don’t even need a garden to garden. How’s that? Because with the right knowledge, grow bags can be used for gardening indoors, then moved outdoors or even put onto balconies.
When you’re done growing pack up your bags and put them into storage. Grow bags take up very little space and can be stacked. Then, when you’re ready to re-use them, just refill them with a good soil mix and you’ll be good to grow again.
Growing in bags it’s a growing technique that’s been around since the ’70s, originally used by commercial farmers as an alternative to greenhouse growing, then gained momentum with home gardeners due to the versatile nature of grow bag gardening. It’s similar to container gardening, but instead of plastic containers, you’re growing in bags.
Different types of bags are available, as are different sizes. The best type of grow bag for many is the fabric type as it’s the better draining of them all, preventing water rot in the roots of plants.
Fabric grow bags also allow extra aeration helping the plants to develop strong roots. These grow bags are the ones we use.
Benefits of grow bags
Growing potatoes or other vegetables in bags is great if you have limited garden space or live in an upstairs apartment as you can use these indoors, and easily move them outdoors, pack them away when not in use, or use them year-round.
They can be used to grow healthy veggies, flavorsome strawberries, herbs and other salad foods regardless of space limitations.
You don’t even need a garden to grow with grow bags. Lay them along the windowsill or on the floor if you need or want to.
Pest-free gardening is another huge upside. For regular pests such as mites, mealybug and other pests prone to attacking editable plants, these are much more resistant because you aren’t using traditional garden soil that’s more exposed to insects because the soil is compacted within the grow bag.
Portability is something renters will love because most grow bags come with handles, letting you move them around with ease. When you’re leaving, pack up the garden and go.
Decorating Around Grow Bags
While grow bags are available in different colors, there are various items you can use to frame around your grow bags, making a more attractive addition to gardens, patios or decking.
Your options are: tiered frames, trough planters and wicker surrounds.
How to Use Grow Bags
When it comes to sizing, the size you’ll need is determined by the size of plant you plan to grow. Generally, grow bags under two gallons are suited to plants with a diameter less than 8” and growing no taller than 9.5”, while 5 and 8 gallon growing bags are more suited for potato growing.
The Best Soil to Use with Grow Bags
The soil should be the same type used for any type of container garden, however for fabric grow bags, a better soil mix is one you prepare yourself using one-third moss, one-third compost mixture (such as mushroom compost), and the other third with vermiculite to help with water retention. Use enough of the mix to fill the bag up leaving just two inches from the top.
Once the soil is filled up, take the bag by the handles, lift it up, shake it around and then use your hands to loosen the mixture gently.
The pros of using grow bags:
- Grow bags are easy to move around
- With most grow bags, you can expect to get at least three seasons of use, sometimes longer.
- You can use these temporarily to test different growing conditions around your garden before deciding on a permanent area.
- Great for renters planning to buy a home as you can take your garden with you.
- Better drainage and aeration with fabric grow bags.
- A major time saver because you just fill with soil and you’re good to go. No soil preparation to deal with, other than aerating it before planting.
- Way less pests
- You can protect your plants from bad weather