The fad racing across The UK is a polyethelyne fiber bag for growing flowers, potatoes, and herbs. As with the Yankee intuition and insane curiosity I manifest at times. Instead of paying $12.99 and trying to figure out shipping charges an electric zap hits me. The same recycled plastic fiber is used in green shopping bags. Having a few laying around the house, I got to work… Some dirt, moss, seed potatoes and the bags clocking in about a whole dollar per planted bag. I suddenly saw green in blue. Walmart bags at 50 cents each, add Mel’s mix, and seed potatoes at $2 for 6, frugallity hit reality. I could actually do this.
Step 1: Assemble the Materials
1/4 peat moss
1/4 compost (from as many sources as possible)
1 / 4 Fertilizer and potting soil mix
Bags recyclable shopping bags .50 cents
Water to moisten mix
Step 2: Prepare the Bags
Pack 2 inches of mix into rolled bag and moisten with water.
Step 3: Add Potatoes
Add Seed potatoes and cover with 2-3 inches of mix, moisten with water.
Potatoes well covered can handle a light freeze. in Zone 3a-4b start them April 1st. Harvest in Late September or early October
Step 4: Grow Spuds
As the plant grows unroll bag and add more mix. Water occasionally do not let dry out. Keep in full sun. Harvest 4 weeks after flowers die or at the the first frost. To Harvest roll bag on the side and pour out. This is my entry for the Gardening Contest.