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Growing Potatoes at Home
Growing Potatoes at Home
If you have any open space available in your garden or apartment patio, then you can grow your own vegetables.
If you don't have grow bags, them improvise with other types of containers like large buckets or patio pots.
Drill some holes in the bottom of the container and arrange some stones or sand at the bottom of it to allow for drainage.
Growing vegetables at home isn't very time consuming. You need to water them a few times a week and give them some vegetable feed every few weeks.
Grow bags are very easy to use, are reusable, and take up very little space. After you have harvested your vegetables from them, you can wash them and store them away till next year.
So to get started this year, all you will need is buy your grow bag, vegetables, compost, fertilizer and organic vegetable feed.
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Variety of Potatoes
There is many varieties of potatoes on the market, so picking one can be difficult. Here is a lists of things to consider when you buy some.
- Choose one that is suitable for your climate.
- Pick a variety that has a good reputation.
- Research the type of potato you are going to grow to see if there any issues around it.
- Buy seed potatoes from a good distributor.
- Research the variety you are considering to see if they have a good yield.
4- 5 Containers or grow bags
2 - 3 Bags of seed potatoes
Other Potato Containers
Once you have got your equipment ready, the next step is to decide what you're going to plant your potatoes in.
If you don't have any potato grow bags, you can also rely on other types of containers. You can use:
- Old buckets
- Flower pots
Consider what space it is you have available to store these different containers. That's why grow bags are great, they take up very little space.
Potato Planting Procedure
Week 1: Planting Your Potatoes
Week 1 : Planting Your Seed Potatoes
Once you have chosen what variety of potatoes you are going to grow, you need to prepare your grow bags. The procedure is as follows:
- Fill up about 1/3 of your grow bag with vegetable compost.
- Plant 2-3 seed potatoes into each potato grow bag.
- Insert some fertilizer pellets into the bag.
- Cover your potatoes over with another layer of the compost.
- Lastly give your potatoes a good watering .
Week 2: Progress of Potatoes
By week two you will see tiny potatoes sprout shooting up. They will only be a few millimeters in height. As the weeks progress and if you have continuously hot weather, you will see tiny potato stalk shooting up more and more.
Monthly Progress of Potato Crop
Week 3: Progress of Potato Crop
Week 3 - 5: Update Report
By week three, your potato grow bags should be fully covered with new tiny potato stalks. Each week, as the potato stalks continue to grow, you need to continue to fill up the grow bag with compost.
Eventually the compost will run level with the grow bag. Now you just need to watch your crop for potato blight and ensure that you fertilize as well as water them each week.
Week 6: Potato Harvest Progress
Week 8: Potato Crop Progress Report
As the weeks progress, you will see the potato stalks increasing in size in your grow bag.
It's important that you continue to water your crop so that they can produce more potatoes.
By month four, if all is progressing as expected, you will see that the potato crop stalks haven risen up about 3 foot from the top of the grow bag.
You will also see small purple flowers growing on the potato stalks.
If you are planting different crops of potatoes, at different times, then use plant labels to help you differentiate each batch by the date that it was sown.
When to Harvest Your Potatoes
It will take about 3 to 4 months before your potato crop will be ready to harvest.
If the weather was good during the period after you planted your crop, then after about three months, you might find that your potatoes are ready to be harvested.
However, if after three months you are impatient to check the progress of your harvest, empty out one grow bag.
If the potatoes are not yet fully grown, you might prefer to leave them for another few weeks to get bigger.
How to Harvest Potatoes from a Grow Bag
Once it is time to harvest your potatoes from the grow bags, you need to empty out the whole contents of the grow bag. The way to harvest your crop is to do the following things.
- Place a bin liner bag on the ground to avoid a mess.
- Shake up the compost around the roots.
- Use your hands to separate the potatoes from the compost and the roots.
- Make sure you are really through and find all the potatoes among the clay.
- Some rotting seed potatoes will be among the potatoes.
Harvesting Your Potato Crop
Getting the preparations done in the beginning is really the hardest part of growing potatoes along with being vigilant for potato blight.
Once you have had a successful potato harvest, you will find that you want to grow more vegetables the next year.
7 Things You Need to Know About Potato Blight
- Potato blight is a disease that infects crops of potatoes.
- It spreads thought the air.
- Constant vigilance is required to ensure your whole crop doesn't get destroyed. Even one spot can destroy a whole grow bag.
- Check online farming blogs or your local newspaper for updates. Also some weather stations can give out updates in certain areas.
- While you need to watch for the signs of potato blight ( black spots) don't spend the whole summer stressing about it.
- If black spots appear on your potato crop leaves or you notice some rotten tubers, the remove these along with the infected stalks. This might help prevent the blight from spreading to the rest of the stalks.
- You can take preventive measures and spray your potatoes with a copper fungicide to prevent potato blight.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 01, 2014:
Hi Nancy Owens. Thanks, it definitely suits the people who have no garden or a small one like me.
Nancy Owens from USA on August 28, 2014:
What a great idea for people who do not have garden spots. Very well written.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 24, 2014:
Hi RTalloni, it sure is. :)
RTalloni on July 23, 2014:
Folding for storage is a huge bonus. Thanks again for the info.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 21, 2014:
Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Thanks. I'm so happy that the crop was successful, especially after I put so much hard work into them.
I don't have a big garden so had to look at the different methods out there that would suit my space. :)
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2014:
Excellent hub with useful and illustrative pictures on growing potatoes!
I have never tried growing potatoes this way. Thanks for sharing this very unique idea.
Voted up and pinned!
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 18, 2014:
Hi RTalloni. Thanks for your comment. Some people can be unlucky and not have much success with growing a crop and it's a pity because when you eat your own potatoes, at least you know what is in them. :)
Yes they are, and they are made from extremely light material to and it's easy to fold them up after the season and they won't take up a lot of space.
RTalloni on July 18, 2014:
Thanks for this look at growing potatoes in containers. We've not had success in the past but that could be for any number of reasons. Would like to try it again and this is good motivation to do so. These grow bags must be woven so they will drain water?