Hackney Permaculture


Dibbing potatoes at Laurieston Hall
March 22, 2009, 8:52 pm
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I was up in Scotland over the weekend visiting some friends of mine at Laurieston Hall, an intentional community near Castle Douglas. They were all up nice and early on sunday morning to dib potatoes and kindly let me get involved too!

The 101 on potatoes in that you need to chit them which can be done in a number of ways – basically you just leave them somewhere and they sprout little green shoots. Most of us have done it by accident before so I am sure you are glad you now have a name for it so next time you can make it look intentional. Then you dib, which is the lingo for making a hole, I seem to remember them being about a foot deep, then you plant them. Nice. These were ‘earlies’ which go in in March and I have totally forgotten all the rest I learnt about potatoes… must take notes next time.

Jamie dibbing

Jamie dibbing

The bottom of a potato

The bottom of a potato - note the little bump

The top of a potato

The top of a potato

Lots of other things growing here too - Laurieston Hall in spring

Lots of other things growing here too - Laurieston Hall in spring

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I turned on my computer to check on how you all are planting your potatoes. I’m going to plant some whole Yukon Gold and French Fingerlings in a few minutes. I plan to sit them on my blood meal/bone meal/newspaper/cardboard/composted manure sandwich layer in the garden and cover them with straw. It’s mid-November in the Arkansas Ozarks and while it’s in the upper 70s F today, it could freeze next week. So, this is an experiment. If it works, good for me. If not, I haven’t lost too much. :)

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