As with any vegetable, there are recommended methods of planting that are supposed to work best to result in a healthy and bountiful harvest. Potatoes are no exception, and for some it may seem that there’s too much space and effort needed to grow such a simple spud. The folks at GeoPot have taken many of the reasons that most growers give for why they’re unable or unwilling to plant potatoes and turned it into something a novice gardener could do with ease.
GeoPot Potato Bags take the stress out of growing spuds.
Forget toiling in the garden - the GeoPot Potato Bag will allow you to plant a sizable crop anywhere you can put it – even your front porch. A 15 pound bag is 18” X 17” and has handles attached so it will be easy to move if you decide the porch isn’t such a good idea. Instead of pulling weeds and digging trenches, you’ll start out by filling the bottom of the bag with soil, adding the seed potatoes, and then covering the tops with another few inches of soil.
Place the bag in a sunny location and keep the potatoes watered. Because this is a GeoPot potato bag, any excess water will drain off, and roots will benefit from the oxygen the fabric pot allows in. When the sprouts get to be about 8 inches in height, add about 4 more inches of soil. Keep adding soil as the sprouts grow, and continue to water them daily. That’s about it.
When the foliage starts to die and wither back, it’s just about time to harvest your potatoes. This is where the GeoPot Potato bag gets fun! Wait about one or two more weeks, then…open the Velcro panel at the bottom front of the bag!
You’ll be able to see the fruits of your labors right there – plump potatoes ready for you to reach out and grab. Forget carefully digging around where you think potatoes are in the ground – and usually accidentally cutting into one or two. You’ll be able to eyeball the spuds where they sit and decide if they’re ready to go or need to remain a bit longer. No more sore back from digging, and forget cleaning your garden tools; this is one crop you’ll be able to harvest with your hands.
Pro tip: freshly harvested potatoes taste best. If you want the tender, new potato taste, you can harvest a couple of spuds up to two weeks early, wash, prepare, and eat. Let your storage potatoes sit for two weeks longer so the skin has time to thicken up. When you pull them out, wipe the excess dirt off but don’t wash them. Place your potatoes in a paper bag and store them in a cool, dry area. Don’t store them in the refrigerator, as the cold will cause sugar buildup which can affect the taste as well as causing them to turn brown during frying.
Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on GeoPot Potato bags. If you’re looking for GeoPot Potato Bags near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local GeoPot retailer