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Buying ladybirds or larvae?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:35

*Snigger* (sorry)

I can't see how buying in Ladybirds would work unless you kept them in the greenhouse. Surely they "fly away home" ?

Too early to chit?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:29
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Hi Clari

Potatoes need light to chit - my guess is that your pantry is dark - most are - pop them on your kitchen windowsill in egg trays - they'll soon start to chit.  

By the way, chitting produces little stalks, not roots.  The roots will grow after planting. 


Dove, I've a window in the pantry so they've been sat by that. I'll take a photograph in the morning (working v. late tonight) and see what you think regarding their development.

I guess I'm just used to the ones I buy to eat going crazy that this lack of life worries me!

Too early to chit?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:22

I've a question. I put my potatos (brought from Wilkinson) to chit in the pantry about 3 - 4 weeks ago and they don't seem to have grown any bigger roots or anything much at all. Does this mean they wont grow?


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 12:00
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Anything getting done in that new HOUSE of yours Clari? Or is it all about the garden... nice priorities!

Ha ha! It does look like we're all about the ManShed and garden doesn't it! Unfortunately you're rather right. We've decorated the one room (office) but the master bedroom (we're sleeping in the guest room) has turned from what was meant to be next on our list to a dumping ground for boxes as yet unpacked, the lounge is last on our list (fortunately - major work needed there), the kitchen needs ripping out (and I've spent all my money on the pond) so wont be touched for a few years... trouble is after spending all day in an office we just want to get out and get some fresh air!

We need the master bedroom done by August. Plenty of time to concentrate on that vegetable patch first...


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:24
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

I'm hoping my snowdrops will be here by weekend so I can get them in 

Panda, happy birthday to OH, sorry I must have missed you post mentioning it 

Me three Tracey! Although we're busy all weekend so it may be a case of planting by candle light on Sunday night! (Which at least might help the "natural" layout)

We are however ordering the ManShed on Saturday morning so expect lots of pacing until its delivered! (Also ordering some compost bins but I don't think they have the same wow factor!)

Frog orgy

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:17

Congratulations on having wildlife in your pond! As the others have said its all perfectly normal you'll find that the frogs tend to "do their stuff" when they think the weather is right.

Do you have fish in your pond? (They tend to eat the spawn / tadpoles) Or a few pebbles to help the frogs climb back out?

Growing flowers in my veg plot?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:10

Michael. What do you use to replenish the soil normally? Manure? Blood & bone pellets? Compost you've made yourself?


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:41

Foot what now? 


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:02
KEF wrote (see)

Clari, I think toms have had too much heat. In light in a warm room they will germinate without extra heat, just cover with a plastic lid. Just think how deep you'll have to plant them with all that stalk. Mine get first set of true leaves when they are about 1& 1/2" tall.

KEF I think you're right - I've not used a propagator before so its all a little trial and error.  I can't believe they grew this much in 10 hours though?! Scared we'll have a jack in the beanstalk situation come morning!

They're now all out and going into the unheated propagator tonight to cool off and hopefully not grow too much more til some more leafs appear.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:13

Must have done Dove! I thought the trip home from work too longer than normal this evening 

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