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Spud Sunday: It’s A Cover-Up

Ah bless. My spuds have started to poke their little leaves above ground.

Potato Plant

Daily Spud Babies

So what do I do? Er, cover them up with earth again, that’s what.

Welcome back to Earth, my spuds

Welcome back to Earth, my spuds

It’s for their own good, I assure you. Piling a heap of earth onto the fledgling plantlets (or “earthing up”) will encourage tuber development and will also act as a bit of a safeguard against any late frosts. I sincerely hope that the spuds appreciate the TLC involved in what I shall henceforth dub Earthing Up Day.

In contrast, meanwhile, this here Spud will be uprooting for a couple of weeks. I’m USA-bound in a couple of days, with Seattle and San Francisco in my holiday sights. I predict that I will be eating a lot while I’m away. And still posting occasionally, when I’m not busy digesting. I’ll also be taking in this feast of food bloggery, which should be very filling indeed…


But before I go, and with a nod to St. Expeditus, the patron saint of procrastination introduced to us by Tangled Noodle, I wanted to make a looooong overdue acknowledgement of these blogging badges given to me by 2 lovely bloggers:

friends award
This came my way from Sophie, who lives in Belgium, and helps to keep up the European side of the food blogging equation at Sophie’s Foodiefiles, where the food is ever tasty and is usually accompanied by a convivial glass of wine or beer. So cheers, Sophie!

sisterhood award
This was from the equally tasty Jennifer at Savor The Thyme, who not only manages to keep it both simple and creative, but, with her regular challenges, encourages the rest of us to keep creative too!

As for sharing the blog love, consider it shared among those oodles of blogs that divert, entertain and educate me every day. Just keep it comin’ folks.


  1. OysterCulture

    Congrats on the awards, definitely well deserved. I aspire to having a plant that looks that alive and vibrant based on my endeavors – definitely not the case to date.

  2. Heather

    lovely pics! congrats on your awards :)

  3. Jenn@slim-shoppin

    That Seattle trip sounds like fun!!

    I never heard of doing that to a plant before, but it makes sense!

  4. jenn

    Congrats on the awards.

    I’m sure the spuds adore you for the TLC you give them. I would if I was one. =)

  5. Chef E

    That is actually cool, since I have never studied or tried growing potatoes! I am excited for the tuber…grow baby grow…and congrats on the award :)

  6. GrilledShane

    Who knew there was such a thing as the International Food Blogger Conference?! Looks like an awesome time to me. Hopefully you will learn a lot and will enjoy your time here in the states! Safe travels! :)

    P.S. Congrats on the badges.

  7. Reeni

    Have a wonderful and safe trip!

  8. Tangled Noodle

    First of all, congratulations on your beautiful babies – a little swaddling keeps them warm and protected. So Happy Earthing Up Day!

    Next, I am so envious! I just looked through the agenda for the IFBC and it sounds like such a great event. I hope you’ll give us a full account when you return. Have a safe and wonderful trip!

    Finally, congratulations on your awards and thank you for the mention! You most definitely deserve all the accolades.

  9. Daily Spud

    OysterCulture: thanks – I actually think it’s always a bit of a miracle when plants come good!

    Heather: thanks :)

    jenn: ah, I’m sure they appreciate it – they’re just not very vocal, lol!

    Chef E: well, with a bit of rain and a bit of sun they should do ok :)

    GrilledShane: thanks, it’ll be interesting for sure and I hope enjoyable too

    Reeni: thanks!

    Tangled Noodle: I’d love to bring you all with me! Failing that, though, I promise to give a full account on my return and I will do my best to enjoy :)

  10. Jenni

    Wow–who knew that I would learn to pile dirt on top of cute little plants? You, indeed, are a Font of Spudly Information. I assume it’s just for potatoes, or I’d better get busy out in the garden ASAP! I hope you have a bumper crop this year.

    Congrats on the awards; they are much-deserved:)

    Have The Best Time at the conference. If it were an east coast deal, I’d say “come on over, Spud!” But, alas, you will be 3000 miles away from the new Homestead. Hope you make lots of great contacts and such.

  11. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie

    My daughter just planted potatoes at her nature class two weeks ago. We can’t wait to go back to the park garden to check on them! Have a great trip to SF and Seattle!

  12. The Duo Dishes

    How exciting you’ll be on the American West coast soon! San Fran is amazing…you’re going to eat a lot of good food!

  13. anudivya

    Lovely that you are visiting the West coast, and hope for plenty of sunshine when you visit Seattle. :)

  14. laura

    Congratulations on those lovely new spuds. I am jealous (in a nice way)–mine are not in the ground yet. Hope you have a great trip!

  15. Chef E

    I saw this post I thought you might enjoy reading…


    PS Hope your trip is very rewarding!

  16. The Diva on a Diet

    Aw, your budding spuds look gorgeous! Have a wonderful holiday … and next, visit New York! LOL

    Happy eating and traveling dear Spud! :)

  17. Sophie

    Aaaah,….what beautiful pictures of your spuds!! ha!
    Again congrats on your awards! Well deserved!

  18. Daily Spud

    Jenni: well, put it this way, I don’t necessarily recommended rushing off to pile dirt on the rest of the plants in the garden :) And, believe me, if my trip was an east coast deal, I would be calling in on the homestead for sure!

    Natasha: ah that’s so great that your daughter is planting potatoes in her nature class – I hope they do well for her

    Duo Dishes: oh I most certainly hope to have lots and lots of good food while I’m there!

    anudivya: why thanks for the sunshiny wishes and thanks for taking the time to stop by…

    laura: your spuds will get there too I’m sure :)

    Chef E: thanks, and I did enjoy those Bollywood Spuds very much!

    Diva: oh, gosh, I’d be only too happy to get back to NY – I can see that it’s going to have to be east coast trip next time for sure :)

    Sophie: and thank you too – very kind of you to think of me in the first place

  19. zerrin

    I love those young leaves of the spuds. I admire you about growing them. I imagine that you treat your spuds as if they were your children.
    And congrats on your awards.

  20. Daily Spud

    Thanks Zerrin – I am a bit precious about my Spud babies alright :)

  21. Sapuche

    Your little spuds look happy and healthy in that rich black soil! I had no idea that one was meant to pile earth onto them at this stage, as I’d instinctively give them plenty of light. Obviously, I know nothing about growing potatoes, or any plant for that matter. I regret not visiting your site earlier for this post, but I still want to wish you a wonderful trip to the U.S. Enjoy the food!

  22. Savor

    Thanks for the shout out Spud!

  23. Daily Spud

    Sapuche: thanks for the good wishes – I’m having a great trip so far, with lots of great food and great people and you can’t ask for much more than that!

    Savor: you’re more than welcome :)

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