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I have a 4x4 foot strawberry patch i have started off and have a few feet left over so was looking for ideas of what else to put in. I thought potatoes may take too much room and then I saw the potatoes bags. I have another space that maybe good for spuds. How big do they leaf out of the bags though and what types do I need? Any tips? Any other ideas for the small space?. Onions and garlic maybe but is a bit clump clay soil Thanks


  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    I always now grow my potatoes in bags. They do tower above the bags but nothing out of control. If they do, a little string works wonders. If you grow first earlies you will not be bothered by blight. The onion family tend to like looser soil than clay. You could try them in largish pots using soil/compost mix. In a former home I had a bed of red Cornish soil, not quite clay but not far off. I grew herbs in it, although they say not to, and they thrived.

  • I have a spot for potatoes but will be at the back.of garden behind my mountain scene either side of a passion flower pot so not really wanting a eyesore

    If they are just a little high.and not.look scraggly it.could be ok

    May just add some other herbs to raised bed and some hidden pots of onions
  • Do you add soil as they grow or just fill up? And how many potatoes could get

    Better to use the Hessian type bags to help drainage or just the average eBay ones?

  • Yea I'd like to have a nice batch for chips. We never fry but would for fresh and maybe some jacket spuds

    Hhmm can grow tall eh. I could live with that actually it would be against a fence and afternoon sun till set

    Just don't want to dominate the rockery garden in front is my concern
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    Have you considered white strawberries next to the red strawberry patch.
  • Bit pushed for room as spread them out well

  • Actual fact from reading up the height maybe an issue for me

    Need to think of something else besides herbs I could grow
  • What about some mixed salad leaves - cut and come again types image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Edd do you peal your potatoes? I don't all the goodness is just under the skinimage
  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    You can buy special bags for potatoes quite cheeply. I have used old compost bags in the past with good results (put a few holes in the bottom for drainage.) Put 8 inches of soil or compost in the bottom of the bag along with a little granular feed, place your seed potatoes on that then cover with 6 inches of more soil or compost, then water. As the potatoe leaves grow you add more compost or soil untill they are almost covered. Keep doing this untill the bag is almost full. Remember to water well, keeping the soil moist right to the bottom of the bag.

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