Growing Potatoes is simple, they are:
Easy to plant
Easy to maintain
Easy to harvest
The costs are pretty negligible:
Potato Grow Bags
Fresh Compost (from a garden centre)
Rotted horse manure (often free at a local stable)
Potato Tubers (potatoes)
The main cost items are the Potato Grow Bags and the bags of compost.
This year I started the chitting and planting process with 4 new Potato Grow Bags and put three chitting potato tubers in each bag. After planting the tubers in the bags, I realised I had a number of spares left over and rather than throw them away, I thought it would be interesting to grow the remainder in the empty plastic bags the new compost came in. These bags tend to be very thick painted on the outside by most importantly Black and None See Through on the inside. I planted them all at the same time, using the same feed and water regime and harvested them when the plants had died back leaving thick white stems sticking out of the bags, within a few days of each other.
Although not a scientific experiment, in this way I could see whether the planting bag made any difference to the crop yield, i.e. if you got more potatoes for the extra cost of the 'Potato Grow Bag' versus the black painted compost bag.
The first bag I harvested was the Potato Grow Bag
and below is the link to the video:
After brushing the loose earth of the potatoes I weighed them, the black plastic compost bag delivered a crop of:
Sao what about the potatoes in the compost bag?
below is the video: