I live in a one bedroom apartment but that doesn’t mean I still can’t try to grow my own food.

This year I grew potatoes in a bag.

Here’s how!

My two friends who taught me how to grow potatoes in a bag.

My two friends who taught me how to grow potatoes in a bag.

My friends and I decided to try it out on the May long weekend (May 22 to be exact). They had picked up barley bags from the local brewery and we sliced a few slits in the bottom of the bag for filtration.

We used potato tubers to grow the plant. Those are the potatoes that have the eyes that have grown out of control and look kind of gnarly. Then we rolled the bags down to about a hand’s width and placed about 2-4 inches of soil on the bottom. We sliced the tubers in half and placed them on top of a layer of soil with the tubers facing up toward the sunlight.

Used to grow the potatoes in a bag.

Tubers used to grow the potatoes in a bag.

Then we covered the potatoes with a thin layer of soil and I packed two bags and brought them home to my porch. I purchased another two bags of soil for when I needed to cover them up.

Covering the potato tubers up with a bit of soil.

Covering the potato tubers up with a bit of soil.

Gradually, as the green leaves began to sprout up from the bag, I would roll the edges of the bag up and pour more soil in. In a couple of months the bags were full of soil and a potato tree emerged.

By mid-September my potato plant looked like this.

A small potato tree emerged after a few months.

A small potato tree emerged after a few months.

A week later I shoved my hand into the bag and fished out a couple big red potatoes and decided it was time. I ended up with two bowls of potatoes (one big, one small) and they’re delicious.

My potato harvest for 2016.

My potato harvest for 2016.

 

RECIPE: Potato pancakes with kimchi

Grate one potato
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Ingredients

One potato
1 egg
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons of kimchi
salt & pepper

1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 big scoop of thick Greek plain yogourt (instead of sour cream)

Directions

Grate the potato and drain the extra water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl
Use 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan and fork the batter into two pancakes
Fry and flip. Serve with yogourt

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