A Sack of Potatoes

A Sack of Potatoes

Tomatoes are my favorite thing to grow in my small garden.  Next would be green beans and snap peas, but a close third would definitely be potatoes.  I don’t think potatoes are commonly grown in small gardens, because they need fairly deep soil and lots of room.  However they can be easily grown in buckets and in this fun little invention, a potato sack!

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It’s a sturdy little sack made from a woven cloth coated with plastic.  (I bought mine  at Wal-mart) You roll the sides down untill it’s about 6 inches deep, fill it up with rich soil and plant your sprouted potatoes a couple of inches deep.  My sweet granddaddy sent these to me, but potato starts are available in most garden centers, or just look in your pantry for some old sprouted taters!

 

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With-in about a week, green leaves begin to show on top of the soil.

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Next you unroll the bag a couple of inches and add more soil, completely covering the greens.  I know this sounds very strange, it is supposed to ensure potatoes growing all along the stems, not just at the bottom of the sack.

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I’ve already added soil twice, and I have about 6 inches of bag left to unroll.  After the bag is completely filled, the greens will run out and over, and the potatoes will grow from top to bottom in the bag.   (I’ll keep you posted.)  We tried it for the first time last summer and were thrilled with the result!  It’s not to late to get one started for yourself! Before I sign off, I thought I’d share the progress of my little raised bed, it’s growing great!

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A sweet row of green beans from my friend, Roberta

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Yellow squash, for Mr.Fixit.

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Tomatoes!  There are lots!  And more coming from Granddad tomorrow!

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And my dwarf peach tree, well………..

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It has peaches!

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And the knock-out roses are cranking up, I just love spring, don’t you?!

Claire

 

7 Responses

  1. Dana Silver
    Dana Silver April 25, 2013 at 10:27 am | | Reply

    Love it !

  2. Kristine Welliver
    Kristine Welliver April 25, 2013 at 11:03 am | | Reply

    What a great idea and if I had energy and still cooked I’d do it in a minute…I grew a bunch of potatoes in my compost heap one year…

  3. Bonnie
    Bonnie April 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm | | Reply

    Great and precise description…it makes me want to try it but I passe it forward to NY…

  4. Moma
    Moma April 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm | | Reply

    You make your moma so proud!!!!

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    sk June 26, 2015 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    fantastic idea… well described.. will surely try……..

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