Planting Potatoes in Plastic Bags
Early po replica watches tato tubers are usually chitted before being planted outside. This involves placing the tubers in a well lit, frost free place. The shoots develop from the eyes of the tuber and replica watches will then be planted outside when the soil has warmed to 6 Celcius.
Early varieties take between 75 90 days to mature. Harvesting can start in early summer. Irish people use St Patrick’s Day, 17th March, as the date by which you must have the early potatoes planted.
Not everyone has space for planting potatoes, in fact not everyone has a garden. Tubs or barrels can also be used. I decided to re use a couple of old plastic compost bags. Here is what I did:
Step 1: I turned the bags inside out to reveal their dark side which attracts more heat, and looks nicer. I rolled down the bag so as to allow light for the shoots when they grow. Into the base of the bags I made a number of slits to allow drainage.
PLANTING POTATOES IN BAGS 10 CM LAYER OF COMPOST IN BAGS
Step 2 replica watches : From our compost heap I got a wheel barrow of lovely dark compost. A 10cm (4 inches) layer was shoveled into the bags and then firmed with my hands.
PLANTING POTATOES IN BAGS COVERING TUBERS
Step 3: The tubers I placed on the compost and then covered with a further 10cm (4 inches) of the good stuff, and firmed. Then the compost was watered.
PLANTING POTATOES IN BAGS TUBERS PLACED ON COMPOST
Aftercare: When the stems grow to 15cm (6inches), more compost will be added, to a depth of 10cm (4 inches). As the plants grow the sides of the bags are unrolled to allow for greater depth. They need a weekly feed of liquid seaweed fertilizer to promote growth. Learn about making compost on my other blog Ciaran Gardening Blog and d replica watches ownload an information sheet on Home Garden Composting.
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