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Potatoes in bags

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:56

So what's the verdict on the forum about whether we can risk putting potatoes out? Mine have been chitting away quite happily for a few weeks and I think they're largely ready for planting (I'll use patio bags). I don't want to leave it too much longer as a few of the small ones are starting to go a bit soft.

But, even though the days seem / feel warmer, it's definitely still round about zero by night - I'm in Central London as well!

I know that potato foliage is frost-prone but is there enough warmth in the sun by day to get them started and then hopefully by the time shoots get above soil level, the frosts may hev ended..?


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 10:51
Ok, fine. Have got them by a window in our spare room. It's bright but the sun doesn't really shine in directly.

I really wanted them all planted by now but when I came home last night about midnight, it was definitely well below freezing.


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:56
Do they need sunlight while chitting?

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:48
I'm trying to grow from seed a variety of Black Cherry, Gardeners Delight and Sungold this year. I've planted about 30 seeds in modules, put them in freezer bags as an impromptu propagater and have got them inside in a dark, warm place to (hopefully) germinate. I only did it yesterday so I'm hoping by the time they've germinated, the weather will have improved and I can put them in my unheated greenhouse...

Does this sound like a sensible plan?? I probably should have asked in advance

Starting seeds indoors

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:51
Ah ok great. Tbh, I suspect my wife would have vetoed having lots of seed trays hanging about the house anyway... I'm in central London so tend to get the warmer of the UK weather. I guess it depends on the weather (frosts rare tho here) in terms of when I sow things in trays?

Starting seeds indoors

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:31
A small lean to. I was thinking I'd start the trays indoors while the weather is freezing, then move them outside when warmer?

Starting seeds indoors

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:08
This year, I've decided to try and grow all my fruit & veg from seed. I usually buy plug plants, with mixed success, and I've heard if you grow from seed you can end up with healthier plants. Anyway, I've bought lots of module trays and plan to start my tomato, leek and beetroot seeds indoors. Any tips for this??

Advice on small greenhouse / shed

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 15:09

Thanks - I'm familiar with it!

It's more that there seem to be plenty of companies, plus I've got relatively specific requirements, so wondered if there are any websites that people would particularly rate - e.g. are known as combi-greenhouse specialists, cater for people with smaller spaces etc.

Advice on small greenhouse / shed

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 12:02

We've only got a small garden with a couple of big raised beds which I tend to pack with fruit & veg, with some shrubs and climbing plants. Our house is semi-detached so I've also got a decent sized concreted side return, though (about 30 foot long x 7 foot wide), and I'd really like to fit in both a shed for storage of tools (at the moment they live in my basement) and some sort of greenhouse, especially so I can start fruit/veg from seed with protection from the elements.

So, would be really grateful for any advice on good places to look for the above. I haven't that much space, but equally with a small garden I don't need either a huge shed or greenhouse. Ideally I'd like some kind of combination solution that doesn't completely dwarf the side return - I need something that's wide rather than deep because of the shape of it.

Any thoughts gratefully accepted!


Posted: 02/01/2013 at 13:07
Ok thanks all. Last time I grew garlic was 09/10 when we had a v snowy December so I don't remember any growth till much later.

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