Earthing up Potatoes

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« on: June 13, 2006, 13:03 »
Hi, Im new to this lark and have, in the past 2 months staarted planting an allotment, how and when do i earth up potatoes?,
i have only 2 rows of about 30 in each row

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006, 13:28 »
I'm new to this lark too. My tatties didn't come up in the nice rows wot (I like to think) I planted them in, so it's difficult to earth them up in nice ridges like everyone elses.
I'm adopting a policy of earthing them up in individual mounds, which I've already started now that they're about 6" above the ground.
It's designed to a) encourage roots developing at the bottom of the stems and b) protect the developing tatties from sunlight which turns them green, ruining them. I've heard people in areas where there's the risk of late frosts earthing right over emerging plants to protect them.

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006, 21:03 »
Mine are still groiwng out the sides of the rows too Mellow, but am earthing up the sides as much as I can.  But I've covered 7 rows in terram so am hoping, no earthing up and not many weeds, although OH keeps telling me I'm going to have awful slug problems.  But we don't seem to get too many slugs down here..........yet!!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2006, 06:15 »
i earthed up as far as i could go say about a foot or so, then filled in the ridges with manure ( horses from the rear of ) no light should get through that!

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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2006, 09:34 »
By earthing up do we mean just throwing spades of soil on top of the plant, im afraid i may snap the plant and kill it if i do that.
I went to my plot last night and the weeds are coming throughj at olympic pace. i think ive lost seed sown carrot and onion but some other things planted from bought young plants are doing OK, Cabbage, Brocc, Sprouts Turnip etc.
The only successes i look like having from seed are lettuce, and Peas.

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2006, 12:27 »
Gently raking up loose soil around the plant to cover the stems.
wistfully hoping to one day be mostly organic gardener in North London.

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2006, 12:33 »
Darn, i buried mine

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2006, 12:59 »
panic ye not. they will soon poke back through! :D



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