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Earthing-up Potatoes

By Mwillis
My First Early potatoes seem to be doing OK, especially the "Annabelle" ones. They had grown several inches tall so last Sunday I decided the time had come to do the first earthing-up. By this I mean packing in some more compost into their containers so that the leaves are nearly buried again.
Earthing-up potatoes
Earthing-up means that more of the stem of the plant is underground, which normally leads to the production of more roots and therefore more tubers.
Earthing-up potatoes
This year I am again growing my potatoes in a mixture heavy with composted stable manure, because that's what I used last year and it produced a good crop of very clean potatoes.
Earthing-up potatoes
I was away from home from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday evening. When I got home I was amazed to see how much the potatoes had grown in the three days I had been away. This is the same pot as the one in my first photo.
Earthing-up potatoes
They need earthing-up again already!
Earthing-up potatoes
My other First Early potato variety is "Winston", and the plants seem to be growing much slower than "Annabelle", which is probably a good thing because it means they won't all mature at the same time.

Earthing-up potatoes


Meanwhile, Second Earlies "Charlotte", in their smart new tubs, are not far behind.

Earthing-up potatoes


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