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How To Plant Potatoes In Bags

How To Plant Potatoes In Bags

Do you want to grow your own potatoes, but don't have space in the garden? Why not try growing them in a bag! David Ferguson, head gardener and property manager for the National Trust for Scotland at Greenbank Garden, shows you how in this step by step guide.

You Will Need

  • 1 hessian bag
  • peat free multi-purpose compost
  • potato food
  • seed potatoes
  • 1 watering can
  • labels
  • 1 pencil


Roll down the bag, then add about 4 inches of compost to the base of the bag. Place 4 potatoes evenly in the bag, then add another 4 inches of compost. Scatter over some potato food and cover with a bit more compost. Write the variety of potato planted, and the date on the label, then stick in into the compost. Give it a good water to make sure the compost is fully moist.

Every time there is 6 inches of growth above ground, fill it in with fresh compost. Keep doing this until the bag is full of compost and the stems are growing out of the top of the bag.

After 10-12 weeks the plants should have finished flowering and you can harvest them.