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Earthing up

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Earthing up refers to the practice of bringing soil closer to and around the stems of particular plants. This technique is used where the plant has specific needs that the soil can provide.

Examples of plants needing earthing up:

  • Potatoes: Earthing up is required to prevent the tubers from being exposed to light, which can cause them to turn green, making them inedible.
  • Plants with tall stalks, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale may need earthing up to protect them from being blown over in stronger winds.

In some cases, where it is desired that the plants be "blanched" (turned white), earthing up can help keep the stems or stalks tender and whiter than if they were exposed to the light. For example, asparagus, celery and leeks may be earthed up.

Besides vegetables, other garden plants may benefit from the technique of earthing up where you'd like to prevent new shoots from taking.

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