Stanley Roy Badmin, R.W.S, R.E., A.I.A., F.S.I.A. 1906-1989.
Sorting Potatoes (Potato Clamps). 1931. Etching. Beetles 31. 4 x 7 (sheet 10 1/2 x 12 1/4). Trial proof, prior to the edition of 25 published by the Twenty-One Gallery. An extremely rich impression with subtle tonal wiping, printed on 'Lalanne' cream laid paper with a 'T.L. & Cie (FRANCE) countermark. Signed, titled and annotated 'Edition 25' and 'Trial on Lalanne Thin / Medium ink' in pencil. Accompanied by the artist's name and address portion of the orginal mat mount). $1,750.
Potato Clamps provide a method of storing potatoes outdoors. Although used rarely now, they provide an ideal solution for allotments and gardens where undercover storage is not present.
To build a potato clamp, it is necessary to have potatoes, soil and straw.
After the potatoes are dug, then level the garden area where they grew. Firm the earth down with your feet and start building a layer of Straw 20cm deep, and circular in shape. The area of the circle will depend on the amount of Potatoes you have to store. Now carefully place your dry potatoes into the center of the circle and pile them up into a cone. There should be a margin of around 20cm around the edge of the Potatoes. Now carefully cover the cone with straw until you have a cone of straw 20 cm in depth over the Potatoes. Around the outside of the cone start digging 10cm away from the edge of the straw and place the earth onto the straw, from the base upwards, so the straw is completely covered. Before you cover the very top place a section of drain pipe in the on the straw to leave a breathing hole, and surround it with earth. Pack down the earth with the back of a spade until it is firm.
You should now have a conical pile of earth with a 'chimney' at the top and a drainage trench around the base. You Potatoes should keep in there for several months. You may find around Christmas time some will have started to sprout. Simply rub the shoots off and then use them.
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