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13/02/2014 at 16:41
its my first year with an allotment and I'm confused …… chit or not to chit???
13/02/2014 at 16:43
its my first year with an allotment and I'm confused …… chit or not to chit???
13/02/2014 at 16:44

This question came up recently...........maybe a couple of weeks ago ?.

Have a look on the Fruit/Veg bit.............I'm pretty sure it was on there and there was quite a bit of advice.

Hope this helps

13/02/2014 at 16:59
13/02/2014 at 17:40

Dove..........you are a godsend..........I expect that is what I really meant to say

13/02/2014 at 19:41

Mark,chit the earlies but don't bother with main crop.

21/02/2014 at 08:22
i tried rooster last year for the first time great crop also my old faith full kestral and desiree never let me down .
16/03/2014 at 07:35
Bought a potatoe collection which included four lots of first, second and main crop potatoes. I chitted one lot of earlies while the others sat in a cupboard.

Just noticed that all of the potatoes in the cupboard have sprouted. That is 24 seed potatoes in all. Not sure what I will do with so many apart from give them away.
16/03/2014 at 07:40

Can you not plant them all?

16/03/2014 at 08:10

I suppose I will have to find the space! But dissapointed as I dont want them alltogether.

 

16/03/2014 at 08:45

It's ok, you harvest the earlies early and leave the maincrop ones in the ground for longer 

16/03/2014 at 15:30

Chit them in the light, in a cool place, then they will grow short strong shoots.  If they are kept in the dark they will grow long and lanky and get knocked off easily.

They won't all come together as you can leave them in the ground until you need them.  But you won't be able to resist digging them up and eating them with lashings of butter!

If you are a beginner it is actually easier to leave maincrop to the professionals and concentrate on wonderful earlies and second earlies.  Maincrop are in the soil so long and are prey to horrors like blight.

The main object of chitting is to get the potatoes off to a head-start when it is still too cold to put them in the garden.  Good Friday used to be a traditional day for planting.

16/03/2014 at 18:54
But with Good Friday being a moveable feast... As it happens, Good Friday will be about right this year but not every year.
16/03/2014 at 18:55

The problem Welshonion is Good Friday can be any where from late March to late April.

Around here we sow first early spuds around Patricks day, frost protection will be needed during April but that's the price we pay for early potatoes.

 

16/03/2014 at 18:56
The reason it was traditional was because us peasants got a day off which provided the time for the planting.
16/03/2014 at 18:57
But with Good Friday being a moveable feast... As it happens, Good Friday will be about right this year but not every year.
29/03/2014 at 12:51
what is the best way to store seed potatoes to keep back for planting out in September so I can have home grown potatoes for Christmas.
16/04/2014 at 14:11

i do have some potatoes seeds and i read an artical for growing them on www.mostbeautifulgardens.com   do you think ill need more tips ? 

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