Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Wa­ter the pota­toes

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

When the potato plants be­gin to flower, take a mo­ment to ad­mire their beauty. Then, un­less the rain is plen­ti­ful, get wa­ter­ing. This is the mo­ment at which the tu­bers be­gin to swell and a can­ful per plant will make all the dif­fer­ence. Keep wa­ter­ing if the weather stays dry, but if it be­comes wet and warm, keep your eyes peeled for the first signs of blight. The process of earth­in­gup gen­er­ally sup­presses weeds. It won’t be long be­fore the first crop of First Ear­lies can be lifted: boil for 12 min­utes, a dab of but­ter and all’s right with the world. SCD

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