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Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 19:41

Hello again everyone 


I hope you are all getting on well. Thanks again for your replies.Dove your photo came at just the right time. I was starting to wonder about mine The potatoes all look good. I did chit the maincrop in the end as it can only benefit them. I'll have to look in my diary to see when I started chitting. They look just like the photo so does that mean they are ready to plant out?

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:39

Thank you everyone. Very helpful and informative as always. I had heard recently about not needing to chit main crops , I think on GQT. Good to hear that again 

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:29

Just another thought, I know egg boxes are useful but I have not enough yet. Do the potatoes need to be not touching? 


Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:28

Hello there. We have our first allotment now and are getting ready to start sowing etc. We collected our first and second earlies and main crop potatoes yesterday. I am going to chit them but wondered whether it was too soon yet? I know we've had a very mild winter so far but I half expect a cold snap and am also wondering if they will be too far advanced for planting out if I start them now. How long do they need? If it is too soon where should I store them? The shed is pretty damp, we have no loft but limited space in a cupboard built above the eaves.

Also, should I chit them in a cooler place or a warm one?  I have a sunny south facing warm windowsill and a much cooler north facing one that has less space. I have no greenhouse other than a little acacia one that currently has a slight issue with mouldy growth where two of the overwintering chocolate cosmos have succumbed (lack of ventilation I guess, am new to having any kind of growhouse!). I have a lot of potatoes to chit but not much room.

I am in the West Midlands. Any thoughts appreciated!


Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:53

Hmm, notsure the leaves are right for Nandina.

Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:49

It's not Nandina domestica "plum passion" is it?



Or the Photinia as suggested


Ideas of what to grow

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:38

Aparently wasabi is brill in the shade. I'm sure James Wong was talking about it being an alternative to similar crops as you have there already. 

attaching a trellis

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:35

I know this thread was started a long time ago but I have been wondering about fence supports for climbing and twining plants. I was considering wire supports but how best are these fixed? Can it be done or is prefab trellis a better idea? If so, what material is best? I have a Hydrangea anomola petiolaris, Akebia quinata, Pyracantha, honeysuckle, and a Clematis, too. I intend to cover the vertical boundaries as much as possible, both to maximize the space and to maximize the potential for wildlife. TIA. 

Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:25



Non flowering Geranium pratense

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 23:07

It finally flowered its socks off this year!  The bees were happy.

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