Aussie Gardener Potato Planter Bags - The easy way to grow potatoes at home

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SKU: AG01116
Description

It's very rewarding growing spuds.

Traditionally they are growing in ground and you have to keep piling the soil up to cover the spuds to stop them going green. You also had to wait until the plant had fully died back before you could harvest any.

Some bright spark came up with this clever idea which allows you to grow spuds in small spaces and access the potatoes through the side flap without having to remove the whole plant. Brilliant!

New Features

  • On the large bag due to its width we noticed it was a little hard to reach in to get the potatoes on the far side via the flap, so we added another flap on the other side.  Easy now. 
  • The earlier version had a beige biodegradeable liner which looked nice but didn't really serve any purpose and looked a bit rough as it broke down in sunlight. We have removed it and instead made the Geotech felt thicker. Geotech felt is designed to last for many years outdoors. 

Note: We have changed the colour of the bags to dark grey for this new batch as some people werent keen on the orange. 

How to Grow Spuds
1. Fill with potting mix to 1/3rd of bag only 

2. Plant seed potatoes (see below) or ones from your cupboard that have started shooting

3. Water and wait till the plants leaves reach the top of the bag. Then (strange as it feels) pour soil into the bag filling it to 5cm from the top so only the top couple of leaves are still showing and water

4. The leaves will continue to grow above that level, but more importantly the spuds will grow in the soil underneath and you can access them through the side flap. Easy! 

As with all Aussie Gardener Products, we have designed this to last really well. 
- The Felt fabric and stitching is all UV stable and designed for outdoor use. 

- Double Stitching along all seams ensure these are built tough

- Velcro style flap for easy access

-Water freely drains through geotech felt without any soil leaking out. (Good for balconies)

-Strong Handles so if you need to move them you can. Spuds like sunlight. 

- We promise you wont be disappointed with the quality. These are beautifully made to last. 


Looking for seed potatoes and interesting varieties to try?

Agronico supply potato farmers so you know they are going to be top quality stock. One of the tricks they use is to keep them stored in a very advanced cool store so that their seed potatoes can be available nearly all year. (usually you can only get them in Sept-Oct) 
Agronico Seed Potatoes for home gardeners



 

Frequently Asked Questions about growing in the Potato Planter Bags

What are the bags made from?

Geotech Felt which is UV stable. This is the same type of fabric they use under roads and for drainage. Very tough and lasts for a number of years. Please note we have had these custom made with extra thick geotech felt so that they last really well as part of our ‘no junk’ policy.
Just to clear up any confusion, although these are called felt, it is not the same as crafting felt which would not last outdoors. 

What soil should I use?

Potatoes aren't too fussy, just a regular potting mix will be fine. We recommending adding an organic fertiliser when you first plant them. 

Large Potato Bag = 100L (4 bags of potting mix)

Small Potato Bag = 50L (2 bags of potting mix)
If you have several potato planters to fill, get a load of vegetable soil mix from your local soil yard will be cheaper and far less plastic waste. 

If you use garden soil, they will be very heavy to move and the handles could break. They are weight tested for potting mix.  

Do they have drainage holes?

No, the great thing about geotech felt is that water can move through it slowly. So any excess water not absorbed by the soil will drain out the bottom but no soil will leak out. 

Do you have them in orange still?

The first batches of this potato planter were in orange but we had some supply issues getting a consistent colour. Some customers also didn’t like orange so we have changed it to a dark grey colour. The product is exactly the same in every other way. 

Can these be placed on concrete?

Yes they are ideal for placing on concrete, like a balcony. 

Why does it have the flaps on the side?

This allows access to the roots where the potatoes grow which means you can harvest small potatoes as they are growing without having to dig the whole plant up.
When the potato plant has totally finished it will die back so then it is time to dig in with your hands and find all the rest of the potatoes that you haven't harvested yet. You might find it easier to tip the whole bag out. A great activity with the kids. 

Can these potato bags be used for growing other vegetables?

Absolutely! The side flaps stay shut with the velcro strips making them perfect for growing over veggies. 

Do you sell seed potatoes?

Not at this stage, but if you look in the product description above you will find the contact details of a good seed potato grower.
You can also use sprouting potatoes from your cupboard as seeds, which is what a lot of people do.
Sometimes those shop potatoes will carry disease which leads to a failed crop. This is why it can be worthwhile to purchase disease free seed potatoes from a reputable supplier. 

How many potatoes should I plant per bag

The large bag = 5 pieces of sprouting potato

Small bag = 3 pieces of sprouting potato

If you have a potato with multiple sprouts on it, you can cut it into sections to plant. It doesn't need to be a whole potato. 

How often should I water?

This depends on your area, the weather and so on.
Try and keep the soil damp but not soaking wet otherwise they will rot.
Stick your finger in the soil and if it's dry, give it a water. If damp already, leave it a few more days. 

Can I use these potato planter bags again next year?

Yes. That is the idea. With a bit of care, you will have these bags for many years and they will produce an abundant harvest of spuds. 

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