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One of this year's garden experiments will be trying potatoes in bags. I'm using some insulated reflective bags (and one dog food bag) saved from imperfect produce deliveries earlier in the year. I don't expect they'll hold up too well out in the sun, but figured it was worth a shot just to test the method.

@rho oh, that's interesting. We have some insulated bags like that from some imperfect produce deliveries too.

@dctrud Yeah I couldn't bring myself to just throw them away, and they seem like about the right size and shape for something like this.

@rho might try that too. I wonder also they would work for a tomato plant if I drive the stake through into the ground.

This might be useful experimentation given our raised beds get soiled by cats.

@rho my parents in the UK grow masses of tomatoes in grow bags like this... I don't think I've seen them in the US yet, but these insulated bags might work similarly, and might be tall enough not to need the ring to extend the soil up.

@dctrud Oh cool! I've never seen anything like that.

Yeah I don't see why it wouldn't work. I guess my biggest concern is the bag holding up out in the elements, but I'd wager that the imperfect produce bags are more durable than the one in your photo, so it might work out well!

@rho yeah the UK gro-bags are usually in greenhouses, so sheltered but they are thin. Really just a specially shaped bag of compost.

@rho That concrete wall has character. I really like it.

@rho We used to grow pequin peppers, tomatoes and jalapeños in old cattle protein tubs. Then they moved to the garden or out in the yard. We still have the pequin peppers in containers and put a clear bag over them for the winter. I found a bunch of old clawfoot tubs over the years for my spouse. She paints the bottoms different colors and plants flowers in them. She surrounds them with other things in pots but produce is all in the garden. We've never had much luck with potatoes.

@Tay0 I had to look up what a cattle protein tub looks like, and dang those are perfect planting containers!

@rho I don't typically use them unless I have very poor quality hay. Haven't had that problem in a long time. I have a neighbor with 1800 acres and he uses them all of the time. That's my source.

@Tay0 @rho sorry to butt in but what kind of grass do you all have out there? And do you have Johnson grass issues?

@jordan31 @rho Most of my grass is KR Bluestem. It sucks but is heat tolerant. There's some Big and Little Bluestem. This time of year it's clover and rye. Johnson grass got eaten out by the cattle. It doesn't last under constant grazing pressure.

@Tay0 @rho I don't know what kr bluestem is but sounds cool. We mainly have common Bermuda or the tifton Bermuda. Well that was until the Johnson grass and kudzu took over lol. Our cows would only graze a little on young tender Johnson but mainly stuck to the Bermuda. And 24D seems to not do crap now days.

I have to wash the bailer and spray bleach on it to keep the spread of Johnson down from field to field. Its an annoyance here.

@jordan31 @rho
Doesn't constant grazing pressure kill it out there? Does here.

KR stands for King Ranch. I think it's a Turkish grass like Johnson. It's heat tolerant but invasive. Chokes everything else out. King Ranch brought it to south Texas but ittravels fast by seed. Can't kill it out.

@Tay0 @rho constant grazing can help control it but we have some fields mainly for hay. It chokes everything underneath it out and lowers our bale per acre. I'm hoping the graze on next spray will control it well enough for the hay fields.

@Tay0 Ah even better, win - win for the both of you I imagine.

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