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I have used both methods depending on how much time I have. I have a mattock which I use to make the ridges or to do the initial earthing up. I do find that the growth often goes sideways out of the side of the ridge which can be annoying. After the planting or the initial earthing up I then earth up using grass clippings as I have access to a large amount of this. This stops the potatoes going green and makes for an easier harvest. I suspect that yield may be affected though but I am generally happy with what I get and the back doesn't ache as much... Of course the grass clippings also gets incorporated into the soil by worms and when harvesting - a win/win situation.

I drop each spud in a deep hole then slightly earth up, then as growth shows, earth up more.

No expert

I form ridges and furrows. Plant the seeds in the furrows and cover seed with every secon ridge. Every other is used to earth up when sprouts are 6 to 8 inches tall.


I use a method similar to what No expert does.

No expert

That was how my late dad sowed the spuds at home in his garden. Old ways are nearly always best.



remember as  a kid in the early 60s with my late dad. earthing up spuds with my triang weelborrow 

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