School: Tyrrellspass (2) (roll number 13743)

Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath
Mrs Payne

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Digging Out the Potatoes

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0731, Page 220

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"Digging out the Potatoes".
the farmer ends his Autumn work by digging out the potatoes. He digs his early seed in September & his late seed in October.

He does not dig them out until they are perfectly ripe &the weather is dry for if he digs them out in wet weather they are liable to rot quickly & the clay to stick to them.
The potatoes are better in a potato pit than a house for if they get a draught or any frost they are destroyed. When you are going to dig out potatoes you first dig a pit on high ground but you are not to have it very deep or side.
A person that would have a small farm would dig their potatoes out with a spade or a fork which is a tiresome way for the person who has to do the digging.
A farmer who has about ten or fifteen acres of land takes them out with a plough. When he is taking them out he splits the drills & takes all the potatoes out of the soil

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Elizabeth Payne
Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath