Survival Gardening–Growing Potatoes in Bags

Potatoes in Large Gro Bags

This photo, taken June 8th, shows blossoming Kennebec potatoes in three 5-gallon grow bags of coir and rock powder fertilizer, sitting in a black tray.  As described in an earlier post, I planted the potatoes with bags rolled down to about one third their full height.  As the plants grew, I unrolled the bags and added more coir.  A couple of the bags still need topped off.  Bottom watering to a depth of less than two inches is done as needed.  This is the first year I’ve tried growing potatoes using this passive hydroponics method. I look forward to harvesting bags full of potatoes this season.

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Click here for an update on growing potatoes in bags as of fall 2009.



Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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