2019 Great Potato Experiment – in Rootpouch Grow Bags

2019 Great Potato Experiment – in Rootpouch Grow Bags

Potatoes are cheap to buy so why make room to grow them at all? Because they are so heavily sprayed in commercial production and the difference in flavour and texture between home grown and store bought is just incredible. So even if the only space you have is under a tree or on a patio, consider growing your own potatoes next year. I am surprised by the results of my potato experiments in 2019. This is not what I expected at all. I have been growing potatoes in bags, pots and the ground for years. Over time I discovered I grow better potatoes in grow bags than I do in the soil so this year I wanted to compare various additions to the grow bags so I can save money and grow better food faster. Ordinary crops grown in extraordinary ways!

Next Steps for Gardener’s Growing at Home

Next Steps for Gardener’s Growing at Home

Timing/Planning: remember some plants are cool season crops (radish, spinach, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, peas and everything in cabbage family) while other are warm season (Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, cucumber, squash, beans). Cool season crops can start going into the ground shortly both as direct seed and as transplants. I often start peas by early April and Spinach in the fall so it can come back as early as March. Transplant your peas but start others directly in the cold soil. See what works best in your microclimate.

Start Growing Strawberries Now!

Start Growing Strawberries Now!

Day neutral or ever-bearing types of strawberries start blooming soon and will bear fruit right away this year – in June. And they will keep right on blooming all summer into fall. I was even surprised by the few berries I picked last November. Day Neutrals bear fruit for a long time but the heaviest crop is still in late June with fewer berries after that.

Start Chitting Potatoes Now!

Start Chitting Potatoes Now!

It’s time to start chitting! And I mean that in the best possible way. If you have been growing your own potatoes you know what I am talking about. Take the potatoes out of storage and let them sprout in daylight.

Potatoes kept in the dark form long unwieldy sprouts. If yours have done that then the only thing you can do is pull them out of the cupboard or storage area right now and break off all those long sprouts. Then get to work chitting them.