School: Gráinseach Ailt an Chaistín (St. Johnston)

Saint Johnstown, Co. Donegal
Seán Ó Seanacháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1106, Page 7

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  1. First of all the farmer "rilbs" the field which means a light ploughing. This is done in October. The next thing he does is he ploughs the field. In the spring he cultivate's and harrows it. The farmer then makes it into drills. When he is finished he puts manure into the drills. After he puts in the manure he puts in artificial manure. The potatoes are then ready to be planted. The drills are then ready for the potatoes so the farmer plants the potatoes about eight inches apart so that they will have room to let the tubers grow.
    Some people scatter the farmyard manure on the "stubble" ground in October before they plough it. The "stubble" means the remainder of the stalk of oats which is left when the oat crop has been cleared off. Potatoes always follow oats in the crop rotation. If the manure has been ploughed down then there will be no necessity for scattering a further dressing of manure in the springtime. The drills are made about 28 inches wide.
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. agriculture (~2,659)
          1. potatoes (~2,701)