The History of Leith

March 31, 2006

Plain directions for raising potatoes on the lazy bed-author who was ‘Collector of Shore-dues in the Port of Leith’

A rare work (not in ESTC or OCLC) by an unknown author who was ‘Collector of Shore-dues in the Port of Leith’ (t.p.) He appears not to have been a major writer on agricultural matters as he doesn’t appear in either; Early Scottish agricultural writers (1697-1790) by Watson and Amery. Oxford : School of Rural Economy, 1931 or Agricultural writers … 1200 to 1800 by Donald McDonald. London : Horace Cox, 1908. The earliest accounts of potato cultivation in Scotland date from the latter 17th century but it seems that it was not widely grown until around 1725. The lazy bed system is used to aid cultivation on damp soils. The potatoes are planted on the surface with trenches either side. As the plant grows more soil is taken from the trenches to earth them up. for more click here

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