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Wilko Potato Grow Bags x2 42l
Member Name: abbadabbado
Wilko Potato Grow Bags x2 42l
Advantages: well priced, well made
We don't have a lot of space in our back garden, but both myself and my daughter enjoy planting vegetables each spring, and look forward to watching everything growing. We knew we were going to attempt to grow some potatoes this year and I happened to be in Wilkinson's at the start of the spring planting season and spied their potato growing bags which were the bargain price of £3.28 for two 42 litre bags.
The bags are made from a tarpaulin material, slightly crinkly to the touch and feel, but appear very strong at first glance. Obviously when you are growing potatoes, there is going to be a lot of compost in these bags so they really do need to be strong if you need to move them about.
Designed for the patio area or decking, these bags fit perfectly on my patch of decking next to my plastic greenhouse.
Instantly I noticed that the bags already host drainage holes, so all the hard work is done for me. There are two handles on each bag which make the moving around process easier. I have tried to place my bags in the correct place from the start to avoid having to pull around later.
As you begin to plant the potatoes, I always find it's best to roll down the sides of the bags to ensure the tops don't flop over the soil and the young seed potato inside. Due to the tarpaulin material of the bags, I found this very easy to achieve and the bags appear to have a good solid base to them and they stay in one place when a small amount of compost has been added at the beginning of the process.
For the size of these bags, I have placed three seed potatoes in each. This will give me a good crop of young baby potatoes once they are ready for harvest, and going on previous years, we should be able to eat for around a week for our family of four from one bag of the potatoes.
When shopping around for potato bags, I do find the price can vary completely, and this I find depends on what the bags are made of. I think the tarpaulin material is a cheaper version, but due to its strength that I have noticed as the bags have been filled more and more with the compost, then I am very happy to recommend these are being very good value for money if you are limited on space and want to grow some potatoes in your garden.
As the planting season is progressing, I have noticed that these bags can now be purchased for two packs for just £3 which is even better value for money.
Summary: a great idea for small spaces
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