We have a very small garden space. So I was excited when I saw these felt potato grow bags that could be filled with soil and put wherever I wanted! Could a gardener ask for more?
I found a sunny location, and added a drip from our irrigation system. I rolled down the felt bag (like you would roll down your socks) and put in a foot of soil (I used Miracle-Gro soil) and put in a small pack of potato “bulbs” from a local nursery: I planted Yukon Gold in one bag, and Harvest Blend (red, purple and white) in the other.
When the plants were 6″ tall I added more soil/compost mixture (always leaving some green leaves showing) and finally filled the bags to the top (socks unrolled) over the next several weeks. I was to fertilize twice during the season, and keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy (otherwise potatoes could rot). When the foliage begins to die down and turn brown, that’s when you can harvest a bushel full of potatoes (or in the felt bag’s case, around 13-pounds at most).
You can see how exciting it was today to turn the bag over and see what it contained!
Lunch was the baby Yukon Golds, black beans, diced tomato, avocado, and Lemon-Tahini sauce from Lorna Sass’s Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time cookbook. And it was delicious.
If you’re short on growing space, give felt growing bags a try. Now we fold ours up, and put away until next growing season.