Introduction: Potato Bags From Recycled Plastics

About: Surviving the Great Ression with old fashioned sense and life hacks. Interested in changing the world at large with small integral steps-The Butterfly Effect.

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

The Mix

1/4 vermiculite

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

Seed Potatoes

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.

Garden Contest

Participated in the
Garden Contest