Hayden Wallis .. Martin Wallis
Penventon Farm, Helston TR13 ORA
Tel/Fax 01326 572714 email: email@example.com
I have often
been asked how do you grow potatoes?
I hope will give you an idea of planting and harvesting the potatoes
in the west country.
arrive at the farm just before Christmas. In February we prepare
the ground to plant the seed potatoes. The field is ploughed
is then cultivated and put into large beds ready for the destoner.
This machine picks up the soil, takes out the stones and puts
the stones to one side of the bank. (These stones are later
distributed back into the soil after the crop has been harvest
shows on your left land that has been destoned, the middle
row has been bedformed ready for the destoner with the stones
placed in the trench on its right. In the top right had corner
you can see the rows already planted.
are planted by this machine. They are placed in the middle
of the banks 15cm - 25 cm apart depending on the variety of
shows the field being planted and shows the Loe Bar pool and
the sea in the distance.
grow well in the warm Cornish climate and are ready to harvest
the first week in May.
potatoes are ready to be harvested we lift them with a potato
harvester. This gently digs under the bank and lifts the soil
complete with the potatoes up onto a large web. The potatoes
travel up the web and the soil drops down through the bars.
The potatoes then travel over a picking table and here four
people pick out all the seed potatoes and stones left behind
by the harvester.
a photo of the picking table.
washed sorted and loaded into the lorry they are taken straight
to the factory to be made into crisps.