Thursday 18 March – Root Day and Apogee*
Arrived around 3pm and started planting the potatoes. The ground was quite wet and full of clay. Most stuck to the trowel and my boots. Last year this area was used to grow Winter Squash plants.
Managed to get 2 rows of Markies (Main Crop) planted, 1 row of British Queen (2nd Early) and half-a-row of International Kidney (2nd Early) before the light faded.
Each planting hole was made by trowel and Plant Grow Fertiliser was put in the base of the hole and after the potato was planted before the original clay soil was returned.
Urine was sprayed over the planted area to deter foxes from digging this patch.
* The moon’s distance from Earth varies throughout its monthly orbit because the moon’s orbit isn’t perfectly circular. Every month, the moon’s eccentric orbit carries it to apogee – its most distant point from Earth – and then, some two weeks later, to perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.