How to Grow a Sack of Potatoes

– Literally!    Even if you live in a tiny apartment.

If you’ve ever grown your own potatoes you would be familiar with the great potato hunt that occurs at the end of each crop! For those of you that haven’t, I’ll explain. Potato’s grow as a plant that comes out of the ground, whilst under the ground the potatoes are forming. The potatoes are ready when the plant dies off. The problem is you then have to find the potatoes by randomly digging through the ground around the plant. This is relatively easy for a potato farmer with a tractor but not so easy for the home gardener.

But I have a Burlap solution of course!
Growing your own potato plant inside a burlap sack makes the process of retrieving your loot of potatoes really easy because you know that all your potatoes will be contained within the sack. It is a great project for kids, and non gardeners as well, as it is very straightforward and low maintenance. Plus it looks fabulous in any garden or deck and also makes the perfect apartment garden.
So to grow your own Sack Full of Potatoes follow these easy steps:

What you will need:
  • Store bought potato
  • Burlap sack
  • Potting Mix
  1. Take a store bought potato and leave it in the sun for a few weeks. It will start to sprout roots and when it does it is ready to plant.
  2. Take your Burlap sack and roll down the edges of the sack so it is about a quarter of it’s normal height. 
  3. Fill the sack with potting mix.
  4. Place the sprouting potato in the potting mix so that it has just a sprinkle of potting mix covering it. 
  5. As the plant grows upwards, gradually roll up the edges of the sack and add more potting mix, leaving the top leaves of the plant exposed at all times. Continue this process over the next few weeks until the plant dies off.
  6. Once the plant dies off, your potatoes are ready to harvest. Simply roll down the edges of the sack and brush away the soil to reveal your potatoes. This way you know you will find every potato and there won’t be any hard laborious digging in hard soil.
  7. Make sure you collect the potting mix and store it for next time.
Place potato in potting mix and cover with a light sprinkle of potting mix
Place in a sunny spot
Give it a try and you’ll be growing sack full of potatoes in no time! 

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