L6984 : Lazy beds at Kill

taken 11 years ago, near to Portnakilly, Craigmore and Maum, Mayo, Ireland

Lazy beds at Kill
Lazy beds at Kill
"Lazy beds" is the disparaging name given to these ridge and furrow patterns of potato beds seen over much of the West of Ireland. The British used to say "all the Irish ever do is grow potatoes in their lazy beds".
The potatoes would be planted in the middle of the ridges and earth scooped up from either side to cover them and thus provide drainage ditches, always following the slope of the hill. Despite not being used for many years they can still be clearly seen in many places.
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Date Taken
Monday, 8 September, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 16 September, 2008
Category
Farming activity   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! L 693 843 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:47.5250N 9:58.9692W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! L 693 844
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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