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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Update: Growing Potatoes In Garbage Bags
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden  -  30 Day Challenge  -  Update: Growing Potatoes In Garbage Bags

Today is Day 16 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. In my last two articles, I explained how to plant potatoes in containers and how to pot up your seedlings.

Did you miss either of these articles? If so, you can find them as well as the rest of the articles in this challenge on my website. You can find the link within my Street Articles profile.

Potato Update

It's only been a week since we planted our potatoes in the heavy duty garbage bags. However, we are already seeing progress and I wanted to share it with you all.

Earlier in the week, I moved the bags of potatoes on top of a pallet to get them off the ground and provide better drainage. In moving them, the seed potatoes moved as well. Into the dirt I went and rearranged the seed potatoes. In doing so, I left about an inch of the sprout out of the dirt.

Over this past week, we have received a lot of rain. Each day it rained, the edges of the bag folded in, covering the dirt. Out I went and rolled back the edges of the bag to expose the sprouts to the sun.

I probably rolled back the bag 3 or 4 times this week as we had a lot of storms. However, each time I tested the dirt, it was damp but not drenched, and warm despite the cooler temperatures. The seed potatoes seemed to be doing well.

Yesterday, after another overnight rainfall, I rolled back my bags and was greeted with a green surprise! Not only were there half inch leaves on my sprouts, but I could see little white roots growing from the bottom of my potatoes.

While it is a pain to go outside every day and rollback the bags in this early stage of planting, I am happy to learn that the lack of sunlight has not inhibited the growth of my potatoes and they are taking to the soil and their new environment nicely.

I will update this article with a picture of the potato plants once they grow a little more and the leaves are more prominent in the pictures.

30 Day Challenge

For those of completing this challenge with me, how are you doing? Have any of you planted potatoes this year in containers or the ground? I love hearing about everyone's gardens!

Do you have any questions or comments about your garden? Leave them here or on my blog. I want to hear from you!


Street Talk

get your email ready, lol, here we go again. :)

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Shawn! And to think I almost took this one down to add a new pic! Gonna hold off on that now.

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  about 7 years ago

Go ahead, i pinned it and this copy will stay up till they put up the new one.

  
  about 7 years ago

Look forward to pictures of your potato plants. Nice article!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Cynthia. I took some photos of everything last night, I need to see how they came out. it was sooo cloudy, I may need a sunnier day for better shots!

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  about 7 years ago

you have certainly opened a new chapter for all of us with these articles of yours. Love the information, Thanks AJ

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Maria. I'm hoping to inspire a lot of novice gardeners to give it a try! It's not hard, and it's so much fun to watch everything grow!

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

very interesting comcept

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Barbara

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  about 7 years ago

Love it AJ love it.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Rob! What did you end up doing with all your potatoes? Are you storing most of them in a cool dry dark place, and did you end up canning some? I'm sure you ended up giving some of them away as I probably will be.

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  about 7 years ago

Actually gave a lot away and froze as much as we could.

  
  about 7 years ago

Some more good information AJ, looking forward to seeing the picture!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Penny!

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  about 7 years ago

I love the information you are sharing. It goes to show that you don't need a big plot of land to enjoy healthy, organic farming.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Dr. Becky. There's a lot of truth in that, even a small space can grow some organic food.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi AJ...glad your spuds and looking good...I planted some in my compost pile and have scratched a few up a little over golf ball size....will probably start digging more next week....

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  about 7 years ago
  

I love that you planted them right in your compost pile! How long ago did you plant them?

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  about 7 years ago

Hi AJ...planted the taters about the end of 3rd week in February....May try to start my Squidoo lens on my garden sometime next week..it will be just for fun.....I'll give you some links if you want me to...:)

  
  about 7 years ago
  

So, 2.5 months to harvest, sounds about right...I'm hoping to get this crop done and one more before winter comes. I can't wait to see the squidoo lens! I'd love some links, let me know!

  
  about 7 years ago

I will be starting this up once things settle down :)

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  about 7 years ago
  

Fantastic! Let me know how it goes...

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  about 7 years ago

Ummm .. you mean your ARENT going to come help??

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Sure, I'll help. If you fly me down to Key West :)

  
  about 7 years ago
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