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Soil for fabric Potato bags

Posted by noki (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 20, 11 at 13:51

Bought some large black fabric bags for potatoes from Gardeners.com. Some what should be my best choice for soil? Should I try to save the container soil at the end of the year and referesh next year, or mix the soil into the regular ground soil?

Not to be cheap, not doing it to save money, but spending $100 total for some potatoes does seem rather foolish. Gotta find a rational way to do this.

http://www.gardeners.com/Potato-Bin/VegetableGardening_SpaceIntensive,36-629RS,default,cp.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Potato bags


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RE: Soil for fabric Potato bags

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 20, 11 at 14:39

Are they woven and permeable, or are they water-tight? Do they have holes in the bottom so there will be a continuous bridge between the media in the bags and the ground below?

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RE: Soil for fabric Potato bags

Gardeners Supply sells Smart Pots under their own label. They are the original aeration containers that are permeable to water and air. If you place them on bare ground, they will act more like a raised bed than a solid container, and won't have a perched water table. In that case, I have been told you can use a heavier soil, similar to 5-1-1 but with added builders sand. For potatoes, I plan to start with a base of that kind of soil mix and then "hill" them with a mix of soil and straw. If you make your own soil, this can be economical.


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