I’ve always grown potatoes in beds either at home or at my old allotments. I love growing potatoes but starting them off has still required quite a bit of work and taken up a lot of space. Most years, I lose a few to pests and blight.
I have persisted with growing potatoes because they store so well and, following giving up my allotment, I have not wanted to give up on them. This is the first year I have used grow bags. You can watch a vlog of me setting them up below.
So far, I have had a great experience and thought I would share 5 reasons why I intend to make use of grow bags in the future:
- Relatively cheap – When it comes to gardening equipment, grow bags are low cost; however, you do need to take compost into account when you are considering value for money as you will need to add compost.
- Easy to use – The are as simple to set up as opening a bag, adding compost, placing in seed potatoes, topping it up as the plant grows and watering.
- Avoid pests – Being in a container above ground means you are less likely to have pests, such as slugs, eating away at your potatoes.
- Uses less space – Grow bags have a small footprint and allow you to grow vertically, not horizontally, so ideal for people with small gardens, balconies or looking to add Potatoes to an already full garden.
- Avoid disease – So far, I have not had any issues with blight, and I can spread the grow bags out if they are damp and need some extra airflow.
So, would I recommend using potato grow bags? Yes, based upon how things have gone so far, I would recommend them. I have a control group growing in my veg plot, and I will cast my final verdict when I get to compare how productive grow bag potatoes are.