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has anyone tried growing potatoes in bags?
Yes we tried some in the special bags as well as growing a lot in the ground. The ones in the ground did great, the ones in the bag were a waste of time.
20 Jan, 2010
I have tried bags and barrels but have been disappointed with the results. In the ground was much better but if you are short of space then some is better than none. I have grown potatoes in the greenhouse by planting sprouting spuds in big pots in September and have had a small but tasty crop for Christmas dinner.
I didn't have much success either,when I did mine in tubs....not worth the effort.This year was very good,as they were in the ground.I only have a small garden,but made room between plants,so they were all over the place,mainly individually,so had to mark where they were,till ready for earthing up.Looked as though I had lots of Molehills lol,but was worth it.A friend of mine,re-used her old compost bags,turning them inside out,folding the tops over,and making drainage holes in them.She half filled them,and as they grew,unfolded tops as necessary,and topping up.She was pleased with her results....Just another
way,which may be of help to you..good luck..
I was going to add that I have heard mixed results from container growing of potatoes. I think it depends on what type of soil you use and how well you tend them. Anything grown in a container needs good care and attention to details. They will need to be watered "correctly" not to much but plenty.
I was thinking of doing this myself (as I only have a small garden and they take up an awful amount of room) but I have just been offered an allotment so I won't have to.
A 2.5K bag of seed potatoes costs just a few quid and they are available from B&Q and many other similar places so it's worth giving it a go.
Good luck with it and please let us know how you get on so we can add the information to our data base!
We got all our seed including seed tatties and onion sets from Garden organic today... can't plant yet but it is a step towards spring!
Are you chitting them yet MG?
21 Jan, 2010
We have a Gardener on radio Leeds,who has a Potato day ,every year in February,at his local village hall,near Harrogate,and has so many varieties to choose from.They are sold singly,which is brilliant for those of us with small spaces.Last year,they were 10p each,and you can also buy onion sets,and lots of other things.His wife,and local villagers,also open the kitchen,and make Bacon sandwiches etc,drinks,and the bar opens too at lunchtime.The gardener,Joe Maiden,is very happy to answer any questions,and it is a brilliant day out.This year,it is on Sunday,Feb 7th.If anyone is interested,please PM me for further info,or tune in to Radio Leeds on Sunday mornings,..9am--11am,
That sounds like a great day Bloomer, I wish it wasn't so far away I'd definitely be first in the queue Lol
I agree with the comments above, bags and barrels are a complete waste of time, unless you have no space at all and have to resort to this method. Even then, with the cost of the compost and the yield of potatoes, you could buy a few small sackfuls of Jersey Royals ready grown.
Slightly off subject, Ian digs V2 mentions chitting.
I read last year that an experiment showed there was very little to gain from chitting, either in harvest time or yield.
Do others think we all do this, because everyone has always done it, or that it does make a difference?
After all, if you plant a chitted potato out into cold soil, it won't grow away anyway, whereas a non-chitted seed potato in warm soil will quickly make shoots.
Hi Ian no have not started chitting yet... MD is over from France on a visit and Mr MB has been drafted in to proof the text of a book that has been ocr scanned. Will start the chitting process in egg boxes over the weekend.
Hi Bertiefox, I must admit that I've always done it because I was taught to by my father and his brothers, on their allotments when I was a lot LOT younger! Lol. I also try to warm my soil first by covering it with black plastic sheeting for a few weeks before I plant. I then put the sheeting back for a couple of weeks (checking regularly for shoots and "earthing up" where necessary.) I guess I have no evidence that it helps in any way but because my dad did then I will.
Monkey see, monkey do! Lol
Hi Ian chitting to me means encouraging the tubers to sprout prior to planting... Considering we will not plant for another couple of months we wll keep cool and dark for at least another couple of weeks before we chit :-)
That's what I thought as well MG. Earlies should be going in as soon as their is no chance of frost. Mind you I should imagine that would be May or June where you are? Lol
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