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16/04/2014 at 16:27

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well.


Could anyone answer my question?  We planted out chitted potatoes and onion sets around 2 weeks ago, but there's no sign of growth yet.  How long do we have to wait?

16/04/2014 at 17:00

Sorry but, until they come up!

16/04/2014 at 21:22

Anything from two to four weeks in my experience. Depends how deep you planted and the position. Don't be tempted to over water or they will rot. the spuds will show signs of quite dark leaves, easily missed on soil. Onions can start off slowly but often rocket once they get going.  Good luck! Hope you enjoy the wait!

16/04/2014 at 21:26

Thank you Tootles. I don't mind waiting, it's part of what makes gardening so exciting, but it is useful to have a rough idea so I don't sit there for weeks only to find we did it all wrong. 

I'll post some pictures when they start growing.

16/04/2014 at 21:29

We planted 'Rocket' first earlies, and that was at the beginning of March.  We noticed leaves above ground about three days ago, and they are meant to 'rocket' skywards.  So to be fair, it can take a while.  Play a hose over them from time to time if it gets dry, as it has been over the last few days.

19/04/2014 at 12:16

Thank you Busy Bee, all advice is appreciated.

19/04/2014 at 22:50

Don't panic Daisy it could be three weeks to a month for potatoes to show above ground. It depends on the soil temperature and as we have some cold and frosty nights the temp might not be too high.

Busy Bee don't forget to cover the young shoots from frost if it's forecast. I have to cover up every night this week.

The onion sets are very shallow rooting and can dryout in a fine spell like of late. Watered mine to-day. The bed was parched.

20/04/2014 at 19:19

Planted my onions a fair few weeks back!  Romping away lovely!

 Potatoes in bag's! New to me last year,  brilliant results! but decided that they take up to much open ground, would do the same this year!

 Need to find a little room for the "Fruit Tree's" to do the last 5

Next week off! Looking forward! 

20/04/2014 at 19:42

Oh! n the "Back Up" stock! Sat in the poly! Have really done well!


Now starting to get "Yellowing Tips" need to go out ASAP! 

Don't ya just love spring! 

28/04/2014 at 19:21

Hi, how are your tattis doing? 

hope you've got signs of life daisyheadcass. 

Here are mine - looking forward to mash already!


28/04/2014 at 19:59

I've been tipping the soil over to earth up - trouble is they just keep on coming.  Must make sure they are all covered before the end of this week just in case the forecasts are right about the frost.  Suspect whole tatty patch will look like the molehill from hell soon though.

28/04/2014 at 20:39

Ooh good point busy bee.  Thermals at the ready!  Just typical - I spent most of the weekend planting out only to come in and watch countryfile and the dreaded frost forecast! 

28/04/2014 at 20:43

Well I just looked and they are already revising the lowest temps upwards here.  I've no doubt it will get colder, but I'm not convinced it will frost here, and I'm not going to panic yet.  Just keep checking I guess.

28/04/2014 at 21:00

I agree. It was glorious here today.  The birds are still chirping away now. Only just dark too. 

28/04/2014 at 21:26

It was lovely Tootles, wasn't it!  I was pleased to see some blackbirds and thrushes taking me up on the offer of some worms when I returned to my digging patch after a cuppa!  Lots of singing.  Heard an unusual one today, but think it was just a starling.  Usually you only hear starlings arguing and shouting at each other, but this one was alone.  And my bees are in and out enjoying a rape field at the moment.  There was quite a queue to get back in the hive, like when all the planes are circling the airport waiting for their turn to land .

28/04/2014 at 21:37

Nothing quite like the sound of happy and busy birds. Good for the soul to hear them I reckon. 

Ooh yes, I've seen lots of bees too. All different kinds. They must love the glorious yellow fields.  The scent is just gorgeous.  Hope it means that you get extra lovely honey!


29/04/2014 at 08:38

We can hope...!  last year the bees scarcely made enough for themselves, let alone us!!

29/04/2014 at 21:37

This might seem a daft question, however I've never grown veg before.  Is it too late to plant potatoes now? I have some chitted Maris pipers bought from the garden centre at the weekend. grateful for any advice.

29/04/2014 at 21:48

no  put them  in.  and earth up when  the first shoots  appear .

29/04/2014 at 21:49

No it's not to late to plant spuds, I've still to plant out the last of my 2nd earlies and main crop.



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