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Chitting Potatoes

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 20:43
Thanks Edd

Chitting Potatoes

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 20:23
Hi All, Help needed, I've stored my seed potatoes in a paper bag since Feb without giving them a second thought. Now it's come to actually chitting them they already have long white shoots about six inches long where they have tried to grow but been deprived of light. Do I break these shoots of and wait for new ones to grow, do I chit them with these shots on or do I just plant them as quick as I can?

What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 12:09

I've already gone for broad beans, cabbage and swiss chard all inside on a windowsill. Despite the winsowsill being south facing the lack of light has made the broad beans grow rather taller and less bushy than I would of liked. They will still be going out into the patch next week though. This was about three weeks ago and I'll be sowing more of the same plus lettuce this week.

Raised bed problem

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 11:39

I,ve recently written an article on raised beds, are you adding manure or any sort of nutrients to the soil each year. With raised beds the compost does not benefit from as much natural matter as other beds. The soil can often deteriorate quite quickly if grown on intensively.

Summer or Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 10:27

Hi All, I have recently moved house and have inherited a mature raspberry bed. How can I tell if they are Summer or Autumn raspberries without knowing when they fruited last year?   

new gardener - big wild garden

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:51

It could do with a raking over first to remove the moss, a process called scarifying. If you do this quite harshly it should look pretty bare afterwards. You could then aerate the lawn with a garden fork poking holes all over to improve circulation to what grass you do have. It can then be reseeded with a general grass seed mix. I wouldn't panic too much just yet wait till the grass starts to regrow in the spring and have a proper look at it

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:44

I've read a bit about this and often wondered how much of difference it would make. I must say am somewhat convinced what results did you have biofreak

Spring Onions

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 11:52

Spring onions are a great crop, I agree with dovefromabove on White Lisbon. There's no need to rush to put them in, if planted at the right time say late April early May they will grow alot quicker and healthier than if you have them hanging around while it's still a bit cold.

Talkback: Forcing rhubarb

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 11:48
I've had similar problems with Rhubarb over the past couple of years, it's already looking promising for this year though.

I've decided against forcing for now but think I will definitely have a go next year.
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Chitting Potatoes

The potatoes have produced long white shoots whilst in storage  
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Last Post: 30/03/2015 at 20:43

Summer or Autumn Raspberries

How to tell the difference 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 20:02

Talkback: Forcing rhubarb

I've had similar problems with Rhubarb over the past couple of years, it's already looking promising for this year though. I've decided ag... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2014 at 11:48
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