As a way to try to increase my raised garden space and grow more food, I attempted to grow potatoes in Potato Grow Bags, obtained from Gardener’s Supply. Early in the season, they seemed to be doing ok. http://wp.me/po5VL-hT I did not not keep up with the “mounding” protocol however, and the bags were not in full sun, which they should have been. It became apparent that they weren’t as healthy as those I grew in the ground last year, and the bags were in my way, so today I decided to empty the bags and see if any potatoes grew. In theory, once the flowers on the plants have bloomed and died, and the plants begin to yellow and fall over, you are supposed to empty the bags and loads of potatoes just fall out. This did not happen. I emptied them, one by one, into a wheelbarrow, so that I can wheel that soil in the compost pile, and this was my yield, sad as it is.
The grow bags, especially after the rain, were heavy and difficult to maneuver. With the available garden space I have, I think I’ll stick to the raised beds from now on.
I used to think that gardening was mostly skill, knowledge and information. While there is something to be said for all of those, I think gardening is mostly hope, faith and luck. So, there is never a reason to be discouraged, just more reasons to keep on trying, and keep on learning.