Grow bags can go on patios or driveways or where garden soil lacks nutrients. What could be more satisfying than the fresh flavour of newly dug potatoes lifted straight from your own vegetable plot?
I am using a tall Laundry hamper with landscaping fabric to block the soil from falling out! Plant seed potatoes 12 inches apart and cover with about 3 inches of soil. The plants use photosynthesis to make food, like most plants.
Dig a trench to a depth of about 10 cm 4" and place the seed potatoes into the soil with the rose end pointing up. When we dug them in the spring, we discovered mice literally living inside of hollowed out carrots. The soap is usually completely non-toxic and washes out completely.
As the plant grows and you keep covering up the new branches with soil, those branches now become tubers that will produce potatoes.
As it was started in mid Spring South Australia and potatoes harvested in early Summer, the rains were intermittent. Two things I noticed when I did not water them enough that layer had little to no potatoes, could estimate by my vacation time and where the soil had not been softened with compost that layer had few potatoes.
Excellent way to grow…how many different things. While politics may be the duty of citizens it does not need to be brought up in every discussion. A cellar, a dark cool closet, an old freezer buried in the back yard do a Google search for directions on this etc. I think you are taking it a little to the extreme!
I agree with most of what Rose says except that I have used a variation of this method and it works fantastic. Either too wet, which grass clippings really hold moisture, or possibly too hot as the clippings started to decompose. Happy Gardening. I planted mine all at one time alternating between compost, seed potatoes placed close to chicken wire in a circle with majority of eyes pointed out , and a layer of straw.
You could cover with a couple of inches of compost, but I go straight to the straw. Find us on Social Media. We live on a wooded lot with only one small area that gets enough sunlight. But, if you followed everything in th instructions, have you checked that you had adequate levels of sunlight during the whole season?
Do you hear of anybody having trouble from food grown in tires? This is something they could do on their own. Continue to water as necessary.
Compost would work too. That would make it easier to rob potatoes and maybe add life to the box. Now you know how to plant and grow your own potatoes, all you need to do is decide which varieties to go for. One thing about growing potatoes this way is that they tend to dry out more easily, so getting everything damp now is a good start.