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Growing Potatoes by the Bag

Even first-time gardeners can succeed with a Potato Bag.

Our Potato Bins shown late in the summer, growing in our Burlington, VT, display garden.
Potatoes from a Potato Bag

Last year, we used the bag to grow some purple potatoes. A good blend of varieties can be found in our Flowering Potatoes. Harvesting is easy: Just pick up the bag and dump it.

Maybe you’re not ready to jump into vegetable gardening just yet. But what about a small adventure? How about growing some potatoes in a bag? The Potato Bag allows even first-time gardeners to get a good harvest — up to 13 pounds — without the need for digging or weeding.

The Potato Bag is actually a 15-gallon fabric “pot” that measures 18″ across and 14″ tall. The porous fabric makes the pot lightweight and easy to locate in almost any sunny spot. Just fill it up with a couple shovelfuls of good soil or a bag or two of topsoil.

Potatoes are traditionally grown in rows that are about 18″ wide. Once the potato plants get a few inches high, gardeners “hill up” the soil around the base of the plant. Since potato tubers develop along the plant’s stem, the more of the stem that’s covered with soil, the more potatoes will form. With the Potato Bag, the whole burying part is super easy. The potatoes get planted near the bottom of the bag in about 4 inches of soil. As the plants grow taller, you cover the stems by adding more soil to the bag. It’s pretty much foolproof.

In our test gardens, we have experimented with a number of different fabric pots, and this Potato Bag gave us the best results. One of our testers here at Gardener’s Supply was Diane, a first-time potato grower. With little effort, she harvested 13 pounds from one of her bags. “I used a variety called Green Mountain, because they were developed at the University of Vermont and I’m a proud UVM alumna.” Diane says it is important to monitor the bags for moisture, so they’re neither too dry nor too wet. During the heat of the summer, she watered almost every day.

For more on the Potato Bag, read the detailed instructions.

-David Grist

Online Content Coordinator, Gardener’s Supply

8 Comments

  1. February 23, 2009    

    Very interesting. I may give these a chance this year. Last year, I grew potatoes in a raised bed, but since I’m limited on space I’m always looking for alternative ways to grow thing so they won’t take up valuable crop space. These may be the answer to a few of my space problems.

  2. Anonymous
    February 24, 2009    

    I tried two potato bags last year. I got absolutely nothing but some gorgeous potato foliage. The potato skins in my compost bin did better than that. :-) Grumble . . . .
    I may try them again this year, just in case last year was a fluke. I’ve never had bad luck with *anything* from Gardeners Supply before, so I was kind of bummed.

  3. February 24, 2009    

    Good luck next season — and let us know about your harvest. Based on our testing, it’s important to choose a good producer (we used ‘Green Mountain’) and stay on top of watering. -David

  4. February 24, 2009    

    The bag idea seems plausible for my geriatric joints. I tried a couple of years ago using a big plastic laundry tub from the dollar store. The potatoes tried, but we were having a massive heat wave/drought. Not much luck. This looks like a good option, though.

  5. Jerry in Alabama
    February 25, 2009    

    I’d like to know if anyone has ever tried these potato bags with sweet potatoes. What were your results?

  6. February 25, 2009    

    Because I have a severe lack of space in my vegetable bed I had not tried to grow potatoes before last summer. I got 2 of your potato bags and was thrilled when I got to harvest our first Russian Fingerlings. they tasted so fresh and delicious that this year I am going to devote even more space in my plot to potatoes!

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010    

    There are some reviews from people who have use the the bags. Everyone seems to like them

    http://www.gardenersindex.com/group/vegetablegardens/forum/topics/growing-potatoes-1

  8. October 4, 2010    

    Grow bags work great for sweet potatoes. Check out the results in our October 2010 post: Sweet Potato Harvest
    -Kathy LaLiberte

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