The potato clamp

The autumn finds its end in cold and damp

The Kerr’s Pink must be saved from winter’s frost.

Four cartloads are protected in each clamp

Swaddling straw ensures no heat is lost.

An outer skin of clay deflects the storm

Designed to shed the most persistent rain.

An equilateral prism is its form,

Hipped at each end, with packed earth overlain.

Potatoes must be free from bruise or cut

Kept warm and dry till February’s thaw.

Around the edge a shallow moat is put

To drain below the level of the straw.

Some will have to last till early June

When Arran Banners give their welcome boon.

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