Potatoes growing in a bag

How To Earth Up Potatoes Growing In Bags And Containers

Increase the root area for a bigger crop

You will need:

  • multi-purpose compost

You earth up potatoes in order to increase the amount of roots the plant grows. The more roots it has the more nutrients and water it can uptake and this will result in an increased yield.



If you are growing potatoes in bags once the potatoes have put on about 15cm (6”) of growth roll the bag up a little and top up with compost up to the bottom of the first leaves.

Carry on doing this until the bag is half full of compost.

If you are growing the potatoes in containers you will have initially put in about a third of a pot of compost and placed the potatoes just under the surface. Keep adding compost as the potatoes grow until the pot is full.

Keep them well watered.

Harvest once the flowers have died back.

If space is limited check out the blog articles for more ideas: 'How to plant first early potatoes in bags and containers', 'How to grow fruit in small spaces and containers on a limited budget' and 'What vegetables can I grow in containers and small spaces?'.

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer so always used to producing something from the earth, whether it was animals or garden produce. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I also keep a few hens and grow vegetables for my own personal use. I gained a BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management. As a result of this I have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening.