Grow Potatoes! Even If You Don’t Have Enough Room…

www.farmfoodieandfitness.comFinally! Spring has finally sprung on the Mid-Atlantic coast! Boy has it been a rough winter for us east coasters this past winter. But after the dry and extremely hot summer that we had last year,  (which I don’t mind-I love the heat!) I knew we were in for it with old man winter. The continual rain, flooding, dreary and dark days, and the never-ending blustery winds put a hurtin’ not only on the plants and my poor garden, but I definitely know it did a number on a lot of our emotional and mental states.

So I was bounding with excitement this week to see the weather forecast say we were going to have unseasonably high temperatures this week and lots of sunshine! So skipping the trip to the doctors for a happy pill, I went out rubbed some dirt on myself and soaked up some serious Vitamin D. Now it’s the end of the week and it’s still 80+ degrees out and I’ve been planting, digging, weeding, and hoeing away. But with the ground still soaking wet after months of torrential down pours I decided to find alternative way to plant some potatoes.

I got some old, used coffee burlap sacks, (They actually still smell like coffee!) grabbed some compost and garden soil, and ordered some potato seed from my friends at the local organic farm. (They buy bulk so if you let them know when they’re ordering-they may be able to buy extra for you and save you a couple dollars!) I put them in a cool, dark place till they started to sprout, and then planted them inside the burlap bags.

So, if you want to save some room to try something new this year or you just don’t have room to grow potatoes, this is the perfect way to add some space your garden, grow your own food, and try something easy and new this year.

Materials:

  • Find/Buy used burlap coffee sacks-(local coffee houses will have them)
  • Make sure you have potato seed-organic is better (using the g-store bought ones are sprayed with a chemical to keep them from sprouting fast)photo credit: www.farmfoodieandfitness.com
  • Garden Soil
  • Compost
  • Water

Steps:

  • Roll the sacks down till they’re 6-8 inches tall
  • Add soil and compost into bags (**to save soil tuck the edges under)
  • Place 4-6 sprouted potatoes into the bags (depending how large your bags are)
  • Make sure sprouts are facing up
  • Cover with a layer of soil and water well (don’t over water, your potatoes will mold with too much moisture)
  • As the shoots start to grow-unroll the burlap to grow with the plants photo credit: www.farmfoodieandfitness.com
  • Add more compost, continue till plants have fully matured
  • The stalks will turn brown and start to dry out, then you know it’s time to harvest!! (usually July for my growing region 7-B)
  • Gently dig out the potatoes-store them in a cool, dark place.

***Remember to keep them watered well, burlap dries out quickly! Here’s to warmer days filled with sunshine, lots of gardening, and of course good food!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

7 thoughts on “Grow Potatoes! Even If You Don’t Have Enough Room…

  1. Good morning, Kelly! Have you ever watched the movie, “Faith Like Potatoes” ? It says a lot about “trusting in what we can’t see, until the results of our labors are realized”, without beating us over the head with Truth. It can be found on Netflix and occassionally on cable. I highly recommend it!

    Let us know how the potato project turns out?

    • Hi!
      Yep live and work here born and raised! 🙂 That’s pretty cool that you spent your summers here! I live 5 minutes outside OC. If you ever make it over this way again we should catch up! I love you blog btw! Love you pictures!! Let me know if you try you hand at potatoes in the sac idea 😉

  2. We don’t have any local coffee houses, just a Starbucks, and I doubt they have sacks like that. Would something else work just as well that’s free/low cost?

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