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its my first year with an allotment and I'm confused …… chit or not to chit???

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its my first year with an allotment and I'm confused …… chit or not to chit???
its my first year with an allotment and I'm confused …… chit or not to chit???

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

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

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

i tried rooster last year for the first time great crop also my old faith full kestral and desiree never let me down .
Prasanna
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.
Prasanna

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

 

Dovefromabove

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

Welshonion

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.

iGrow
But with Good Friday being a moveable feast... As it happens, Good Friday will be about right this year but not every year.
No expert

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.

 

iGrow
The reason it was traditional was because us peasants got a day off which provided the time for the planting.

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iGrow
But with Good Friday being a moveable feast... As it happens, Good Friday will be about right this year but not every year.
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.

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