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When to stop earthing up potatoes?


 
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: When to stop earthing up potatoes? Reply with quote

I've been earthing up my first and second earlies pretty much daily since the beginning and the mounds are about 8 inches high now. Can I now stop and let the leaves break through and let them grow properly?
Thanks for any advice, never grown potatoes before but hoping for enough between my 7 beds for all year. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earthing up daily is unecessary, usually the plants are let to grow to around six or eight inches tall then the first earthing up will cover them but leave about two inches of the stalks above the mound. When they grow another six inches or so earth up again still leaving two inches above ground, this procedure is repeated throughout the growing season usually three or more times.
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Smile In that case then we will let them grow on up then. I thought that the tops had to be covered for a while. (you can tell I'm a beginner)
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to worry these questions need to be asked. Some people earth up when the stalks are about four inches above ground, I suppose it depends on how hard the frost gets and how fast the spuds are growing. You'll find your own methods that work for you. You haven't hurt them anyway so look forward to some nice new potatoes Laughing
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