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!
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!
With-in about a week, green leaves begin to show on top of the soil.
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.
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!
A sweet row of green beans from my friend, Roberta
Yellow squash, for Mr.Fixit.
Tomatoes! There are lots! And more coming from Granddad tomorrow!
And my dwarf peach tree, well………..
It has peaches!
And the knock-out roses are cranking up, I just love spring, don’t you?!