Gardener's Supply Potato Grow BagOnce I received my Potato Grow Bag, I immediately noticed it was made out of a heavy duty felt-like material. This material works very well because it allows the soil to "breath" and permits good drainage, two things needed when growing anything in a container. It is about two feet in diameter and near eighteen inches tall. You can plant between two to four seed potatoes in one bag. Setting up the grow bag is a snap and you can have your seed potatoes planted in about ten minutes. It's just a matter of cuffing the top few inches of the bag over to make it easier to work with, adding about four inches of soil, planting between two and four seed potatoes, and watering. It's just that easy. Make sure the grow bag is located in its permanent home for the season before you fill it with soil. It will be pretty heavy and difficult to move once full. Harvesting the potatoes from the grow bag is also very easy. Basically, you just tip the bag over dumping out the contents. You can then sift through the soil and pick out the delicious potatoes. I decided to place the grow bag in a wheelbarrow because I had other plans for the soil. Harvesting the potatoes this way is so much easier than the back-breaking way of digging them out of the soil in conventional rows. The Potato Grow Bag deserves an A+ when it comes to ease of use.
CostThe Potato Grow Bag costs $10.99 and only requires a two cubic foot bag of good potting soil. You can also use your own potting soil mix, or top soil mixed with compost, if you like. All together, counting the cost of the bag, a bag of potting soil, and the seed potatoes, this thing cost me about $16 to get it up and running. With proper care you should get at least two, maybe three years of use from the bag.
Does the Potato Grow Bag Work?The short answer is yes. Although I did get some okay new potatoes from the bag, it did not produce as many as I had hoped. I planted four Red Pontiac seed potatoes in my grow bag and hoped to get at least five to ten potatoes per plant. Instead of the twenty to forty I had hoped for I only harvested about eighteen potatoes with many of them being pretty small. I could have waited a little longer to let the small ones grow a bit, but then I may have lost a couple due to possible rotting. My smaller than expected harvest could be due to the variety I grew and my particular growing conditions, so keep that in mind when deciding whether you want to try the grow bag yourself. So, the eighteen potatoes I harvested cost around $16 to grow. That comes to about 88 cent per potato. Not the cheapest potatoes in the world.
Pros of the Potato Grow Bag
- Easy to set up and use
- Ideal for small spaces
- Relatively inexpensive
- Durable construction; several years of use
- Easy harvesting
- No digging required
Cons of the Potato Grow Bag
- Heavy when filled with soil
- Soil in grow bag dries out quickly, resulting in a need for more frequent waterings
RecommendationEven with the not so stellar results, I believe the Gardener's Supply Potato Grow Bag is definitely worth the $11 and worth trying again. It may take a couple tries to find the best variety and methods to use for a better crop. As a matter of fact, I plan on increasing the number of Potato Grow bags to three for next season. If you have very limited gardening space then I recommend giving the Potato Grow Bags a try. It is ideal for patios and balconies. I would not locate the grow bags on a wooden deck or similar structure without using some type of stand or other barrier underneath it. The bottom of the bag can retain some moisture and having that sit on a wooden deck for several months could stain the wood or cause rotting. All in all, I believe the Potato Grow Bags to be a very good investment for your vegetable garden, and a hassle-free method of growing potatoes. This is my honest and fair review of this product. I was not compensated in any way for my review.
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