Potatoes in a Grow Bag

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Something different and long term to pass the time...

I'll be growing some 'First Early' Vale Emerald potatoes in a couple of bespoke potato grow bags this year, I've not tried anything like this before so it will be interesting to see what sort of crop I'll get out of them.

I'll update as and when as these will take some months to mature!

Vale Emerald are a cross between Maris Peer and Charlotte, they are salad potatoes.

 

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 'Chitting'   3 weeks on...   Final picture before planting   Planted on Saturday 2nd April 2011   Covered and watered in.   2 Weeks On - Saturday 16th April 2011   3 Weeks After Planting   Saturday 21st May 2011 - Seven Weeks After Planting   Potatoes!   Final Harvest, Left-Hand Container

Tatty Tally (all tiny ones not counted):

Left Container - 33

Right Container - 32

65 Potatoes total using 10 plants, 5 per container.

Planting to harvest took 9 weeks.

 

 

 

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In times like this, where our

In times like this, where our economy is unstable, we really need to think of ways on how we can save more. Growing potatoes at home is a good way to save more money and help yourself get off from getting short-term loans. This should be recommended to many homeowners because aside from you grow raw foods, this plants can also help clean the air that we breath.

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Thanks for both your

Thanks for both your comments, sorry I've not been around that often.

I'll certainly be doing this again, the potato bags are now home to two broccoli plants so we'll see how these do.

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Way to go Peat!  Homegrown

Way to go Peat!  Homegrown potatoes do taste great!  I'm tempted to try a container potato myself - the variety I grow (yukon gold) doesn't really store well (for me - I don't have a root cellar!)  I'd like to have some fresh potatoes in spring!  Hmmm...

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What a wonderful grow, Peat!

What a wonderful grow, Peat! I'd like to try this sometime!

 

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Thanks Gisette. OK, final

Thanks Gisette.

OK, final harvest... Removed all the remaining potatoes from the right-hand container, got another 16 out.

The foliage on the left-hand container was looking a little poor, brown spots were developing on the leaves which was of some concern to me; it was probably perfectly natural but I didn't want to take the risk of loosing the potatoes with some disease! I therefore removed all the potatoes from this container - the picture below shows them all, there were 32 (of decent size) from this.

The results:

33 taken from the right-hand container and 32 from the left-hand container.

Total is 65, around 6 potatoes per plant - not a huge haul, perhaps I would have liked more, but they were tasty and I'd do them again.

Final Harvest, Left-Hand Container

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Lovely still life, Peat. All

Lovely still life, Peat. All looks delicious!

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Here we are with the 2nd

Here we are with the 2nd harvest... They come in all sizes!

And the second picture is my attempt at an 'arty' vegetable still life from the garden.

Potatoes   Garden produce

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What surprised me was the

What surprised me was the size they eventually reached, you'd better start thinking about a large space for them now.

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Nice, Peat! Good to know,

Nice, Peat! Good to know, that you found it worth doing! Tempting, tempting... Next year, of course.

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Tuesday 7th June 2011 - 9

Tuesday 7th June 2011 - 9 Weeks After Planting

I dug down and removed the first potatoes on Tuesday, took 9 out from the right hand container to use with a meal. I have to say they were the best potatoes I've eaten, creamy and tasty, especially drizzled with some butter.

No photos but I'll take some when I go foraging again, I'll keep a count at the top of the page on how many each container yields.

Growing your own potatoes is really worth doing.

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