Never mind what you’ve heard; you don’t need to hill or hoe potatoes. With a potato growing kit—which consists mainly of a waterproof bag and potting soil—you can grow the underground root vegetable nearly anywhere. Prepare for the long winter ahead by planting a crop now (potatoes will mature in 70 to 120 days).
What you’re looking for in a potato growing kit: proper aeration to encourage healthy roots, sufficient depth so you can plant potatoes four inches below the soil surface, and a sturdy bag to use over and over.
Here are 10 potato grow bags and planting kits to consider.
Above: A soft-sided nine-gallon Potato Planter Grow Bag from Bloem with a side flap to harvest potatoes is available in eight colors, including Living Green (shown) and Union Red (in the featured photo at top). It is $14.99 to $20, depending on color, at Target. Above: A square, 15-gallon Potato Bag With Handles by GeoPot has a side flap (secured by Velcro) for access to grown potatoes; $28.27 from Amazon. Above: Also suitable for growing herbs and other edible plants, a nine-pocket Bacsquare 9 Kitchen Garden is a self-contained vegetable garden “perfect to plant on a terrace”; €177.80 at Bacsac. Above: Approximately nine inches deep, a Reusable Growbag “made of heavy-duty polypropylene will help produce bumper crops and can be used year after year,” notes retailer Harrod Horticultural. It is £8.95. Above: Made from recycled material from PET containers, a Plant Container Made of Recycling Fiber is available in three sizes (from 25 to 40 centimeters). Notes retailer Manufactum: “The plant containers are made for nurseries and commercial horticulture and are more functionally designed for optimal use and good cost-benefit than for their appearance. The seams are not always perfect.” Prices range from €6.40 to €12.80, depending on size. Above: A Jumbo Potato Grow Bag available in tan (shown) and black has a capacity of 120 quarts of potting soil; $19.89 from Gardener’s Supply Co. Above: A black 25-gallon Aeration Fabric Pot/Plant Grow Bag with handles to make it easier to haul around is $3.19 from 247Garden. Above: Available in four colors and seven sizes, a Root Pouch Non-Degradable Reusable Grow Bag is $4.99 to $12.99, depending on size, at Gardener’s Edge. Above: A 13.78-inch diameter Potato Grow Planter is $5.99 from New Chic. If you’re making plans to grow edibles indoors or in containers, see more of our 10 Easy Pieces posts, including Above: A Potato Planter Bag with a drainage hole and a potato removal flap is $5 NZD from The Warehouse. 10 Easy Pieces: Container Garden Kits and 10 Easy Pieces: Soft Sack Plant Pots. See more ideas for growing edibles: