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Growing Potatoes in Bags

Advantages of growing potatoes in bags

You don't need much room!

You get healthy potaotes - they don't pick up any virus or other problems from garden soil

You can start first earlies in the greenhouse for even earlier new potatoes

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Charlotte Seed Potatoes - 15 Tubers
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The latest trend in gardening is to grow potatoes in bags on your patio!

There's lots of reasons why you might want to do this - firstly is you can grow your own new potatoes and they're at their most delicious when they're just dug out of the ground and cooked and eaten straight away!

This kit is from Unwins - and they're very well priced. If it's too late for this year you should be able to pre-order your potato kit for next year. If you need fertiliser during the growing season then they have that too, as well as a wide variety of other plants and ideas for your garden.

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Unwins Potato Growing Bags Variety Pack

 

potato growing kitIn each kit you get 3 bags to grow potatoes in, a packet of specially concentrated potato fertiliser and 15 tubers.

You have to supply the compost - but as supermarkets sell this it's very easy to get hold of.

Each bag will use probably two grow bags worth of compost. Growbags are packed with rich growing material and so should provide plenty of extra nutrients for your potatoes. I also think growbags are the cheapest way of buying compost - they're only about £1 each at places like Lidl and Morrisons and Asda.

Before you plant your kit you should "chit" the potatoes. This means let them see daylight so that they grow shoots. You'll know what these look like as virtually all eating potatoes will grow shoots if left in the cupboard for too long!

When they're about an inch long they're ready to plant. Some people suggest rubbing off shoots if there are more than three per potato, others don't think it's a problem to have more shoots.

filling potato growing bags with compost You need to fill the bottom of the bags with about 6 inches of compost.

You can tip it in or use your hands to shovel it into the bag. Wear gloves though!

 

 

Fertiliser Divide the fertiliser up so each bag gets 1/3. Mix this in to the compost.

 

The tubers need to be covered with about 4" of compost.

Arrange them so they look like the spots on a number 5 side of a dice.

 

Cover up with compost. Put in the place you want them to be and water.

You should aim to get the bag about half full as this point.

The bags have handles so they can be moved. This means if you decide you want to move them you can. You might need to get someone to help you though as they will get heavy when they're full.

You need to water them often and it's best if you keep the compost moist all the time. If you don't water regularly then your potatoes will not grow well.

Feeding them should be done regularly too - and is especially important around the time they flower. Use liquid tomato food or seaweed extract.

 

 

Buy your own Potato Growing kit at Unwins - it really is simple and easy - the kids will love growing their own spuds!

At the end of the growing time you can either dig out a few from the bag or empty the whole lot out. Put the old compost on your flower beds or stick it on your compost heap. If you're not growing potatoes in your garden soil then you can dig it in there.

Once you've emptied the bags out give them a good shake and make sure they're dry before putting them away. Peg them on the line if you need to.

You can also use the bags for growing other crops!

Next year you can reuse the bags - just buy more potato tubers. Try different types.

Whilst you could use normal potatoes from the supermarket you shouldn't as this is how viruses could get spread to your garden. Seed potatoes come from good quality stock and should be disease free.

 

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