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I, have got a new allotment and I've had to spray roundup to clear all the weeds will still be alright to plant my Early's by the end of march
John - planting depth should be 5-6 inches. If you have put 18" on top of the tubers that is too much and it would be best to take some off initially and then earth up as per the article.
Teabag - Yes, so long as frosts have passed.
dave and trish - generally once the flowers have died the tubers are ready. Obviously if you are happy with smaller earlies you can harvest them earlier. We just tend to dig what we want and leave the rest to continue growing.
bgaynor - If you are only using compost then I would imagine it will be spent. You can still use it as a soil conditioner though.
Earthing up is nessecary to stop the tubers going green (a poison)also earth up as the tatties are stem tubers not off the roots