Sept / Oct 2017

John Marshall is an enthusiastic potato historian. At this summer’s Potatoes in Practice event near Dundee he planted a traditional Irish variety (Lumper) in ‘lazy beds’ which were widely adopted in the 19th Century by small holders and crofters. Seaweed was used as a fertiliser sandwiched between layers of turf. Sadly, reliance on the potato crop by subsistence farmers had disastrous consequences when the first blight epidemic struck in 1845.

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