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Name: Ashley
Freeport long Island NY
May 23, 2016 2:24 PM CST

I am new to gardening this spring and started growing a few vegetables. My garden includes small red potatos growing in burlap bags. I realized now that I've added soil a few times, that I might have the bags too close together. The plants are really big now. I decided to try and move them a little, until I noticed roots started going through the bag into the ground under it. Should I just leave them where they're at or move them apart ? The bags themselves are a few inches apart but the leaves are just starting to touch each other between them. Is this okay? Also, when it comes time for harvesting should I look under the bags for potatoes too?

Name: Deb
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May 23, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Welcome Ash! I've never grown spuds in bags, so can't speak to that. If they are putting roots outside the bag, you may well end up with spuds outside the bag. I'd just leave them where they are at since they've already become established and moving them may set them back. Spuds are easy, and one of many vegetables that the taste of fresh out of the ground just can't be replicated at the grocery store. Happy eating.
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May 23, 2016 7:11 PM CST
Welcome to, @AshleyMarie !

Since the roots are going through the bag and into the ground, I would just leave them where they are... when you planted your "seed potatoes," were they right near the bottom of the bag? (or ?) It's my understanding that all of the potatoes that form on a plant will be above the seed potato, so you shouldn't have to worry about digging into the ground to look for them. Smiling
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