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Crofters planting potatoes
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QZP40_CARD_0012
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Highland Libraries
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31896
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postcards
crofting
Crofters planting potatoes

This postcard from the early 20th century shows crofters planting potatoes.

The potato became popular as a crop in the Highlands during the 18th century. It produced a better return than most other crops and by 1800, potatoes made up about 80% of the Highland diet. In the 1840s the failure of the potato crops due to a blight led to many people emigrating to avoid starvation.

Potatoes were often planted in lazy-beds (or feannagan). These were raised beds of seaweed manure, compost and soil about a metre in width. Lazy-beds provided a limited area of fertile soil and potatoes grew well in them.

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Crofters planting potatoes

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Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early 20th century shows crofters planting potatoes.<br /> <br /> The potato became popular as a crop in the Highlands during the 18th century. It produced a better return than most other crops and by 1800, potatoes made up about 80% of the Highland diet. In the 1840s the failure of the potato crops due to a blight led to many people emigrating to avoid starvation.<br /> <br /> Potatoes were often planted in lazy-beds (or feannagan). These were raised beds of seaweed manure, compost and soil about a metre in width. Lazy-beds provided a limited area of fertile soil and potatoes grew well in them.