(horticulture) To cover the stem or leaves of plants with soil, as to encourage root growth or protect from cold.
Earth up a potato crop several times during the season to encourage more tubers to grow.
Earth-up Sentence Examples
Propagate all sorts of pot-herbs, and attend to the hoeing and thinning of spinach, onions, turnips, carrots, beet, &c. Earth up cabbages, cauliflower, peas, beans and early potatoes.
Band and earth up cardoons.
Sow a few peas and beans, in case of accident to those sown in November, drawing up the soil towards the stems of those which are above ground as a protection; earth up celery; blanch endive with flower-pots; sow radishes in a very sheltered place.
To protect tubers, earth up plants, or mulch them with a thick layer of straw or autumn leaves.
Protect endive, celery, artichoke and sea-kale with stable-litter or fern, or by planting the former in frames; take up late cauliflower, early broccoli and lettuces, and place them in sheltered pits or lay them in an open shed; earth up celery; manure and dress up asparagus beds.