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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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.