By Mike Thayer
Talk about making it EASY to grow potatoes!
Back in March and suffering from spring fever bad, I worked through that 'fever' by planting potatoes.
I've grown potatoes before, in a traditional garden plot direct in the ground and in raised beds. It's not difficult to grow potatoes and I enjoyed some very tasty spud harvests, but potatoes do take up a lot of space in the garden, especially in raised beds. So with space considerations in mind, I haven't grown potatoes in my gardens for a very long time.
Enter the ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bags
This was the first time I've used grow bags and what a great concept! Ordering a 4 pack of these bags on Amazon, these things are made of a heavy duty aeration fabric, come with a Velcro flap to harvest the potatoes and sturdy handles make the bags easily mobile.
Potato plant loving the bag, the tomato pictured left is too!
Planting the potatoes was easy peasy. I filled the bag about half full with potting mix, put four certified seed potatoes - Kennebec Russets - in the bag eyes up and covered them with about 4 inches of the potting mix.
Here it is about 90 days later and I've harvested some taters! Easily digging through the base of the bag thanks to the convenient velcro pouch access, I went through about half the bag and harvested 3.7 pounds of potatoes. That's pretty darn good coming from just four tubers and like I said, I only went through half the bag and the best part, no potato fork required.
Kennebec Russets are a great all purpose potato, good for baking, roasting and mashing. But their flavor really comes out in frying and that's what I did with this harvest. I did a rough chop, applied a Southwest spice rub and sauteed those taters in olive oil. After they got tender I added some Parmesan cheese for toasting then plated, topping the spuds with a fresh lime crema and green onion. It was another dose of YUM!
3.7 pounds of potatoes
With another bunch of potatoes yet to harvest, I'll be able to reserve four tubers and after letting them 'cure' for a couple weeks, I can plant another grow bag for a fall harvest. I estimate another similar harvest of around 3.5 to 4 pounds of potatoes yet to retrieve. For the cost of those bags, some potting soil and the occasional watering, that breaks down to an initial growing season harvest cost of a little over $3 for an estimated 7+ pounds of potatoes. Not bad and that cost will only go down as plantings and harvests continue.
Costing me $20 on Amazon for a 4 pack of bags, these ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bags are awesome! They're very reasonably priced, durable, mobile, easy to use and will be easy to store. Bonus: You can grow other veggies such as onions, peppers and tomatoes and given the nice, tidy soil environment, garden pests that like to live in the soil should be marginalized.
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