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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

How to earth up your potatoes

How I earth up my potatoes
As soon as the seed potato shoots appear, I earth them up. One of the reasons I earth up is to prevent the light getting to the developing new potatoes. Earthing up is also supposed to increase the size of the potato crop.

To earth up
the potatoes (I use a hoe to do this and find a hand held one easiest, less chance of damaging the new shoots) use this to  cover the shoots with soil, use it to form a ridge of soil and use enough soil so that the green shoots are just buried.

You need to earth up regular intervals. By the end of the season each plant will have a small mound around it which will be aprox. 15cm/6in or so high.

As with all things to do with growing your own fruit and vegetables everyone has their own opinion on if it is worthwhile or not and when and how often it should be done. 

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote