Earth up po­ta­toes

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

New po­ta­toes are al­ways a source of an­tic­i­pa­tion. As the plants grow, their green shoots ap­pear and are vul­ner­a­ble to frost. They there­fore need to be earthed up into ridges, which, in turn, will pre­vent the tu­bers from turn­ing green. Get a swan-necked hoe and ad­vance along the row to the end. Chop away with pre­ci­sion at the soil be­tween the rows and haul it up to­wards the shoots. As you work back­wards, pulling the soil up from each side, the row will re­sem­ble a prism of soil. Do this for each and be pre­pared to re­peat the ex­er­cise soon. SCD

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