The potato crop

Cappataggle, Co. Galway

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Every farmer grows potatoes. We sow 2 acres. The ground is ploughed and harrowed and then farmyard manure is spread. After this we make ridges and the slits (potatoes) are set. People leave an eye in every slit and spread them about 1 ½ feet apart. The top of the ridge is turned onto the potatoes. When little green tops appear, people would mould them with a spade. The ground would be sprayed twice. My brothers and sisters pick the potatoes at harvest time, and the black potatoes are kept for the hens. Epicures are the earliest potatoes sowed and they are out in boxes and ready for the end of June.

Collector: Ethel Mullarkey, Doonaree, Co. Galway

Informant: Patrick Bowes, Peak, Co. Galway

Place: Cappataggle, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie

 

This page was added on 12/05/2017.

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