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mickeyboy

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« on: March 17, 2007, 08:26 »
I bought some seed spuds 2 weeks ago and put them in a cold room on the window sill. They are starting to shoot what look more like flowers than roots :!:  :!:

However the ones i have left in the outhouse where it is dark have produced longer more root looking shoots.

Which should i use :?:  :?:

Thanks for your help :D
new to this, so all help and advice is greatly appreciated and well needed!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2007, 08:39 »
Both!!!

But get the ones in the dark into the light ASAP. They are getting drawn by the lack of light.

I suppose you could call them flower like, this is what they should look like:

http://www.organicgardening.org.uk/factsheets/gg9.php
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2007, 13:20 »
Cheers for that dave.  twas a great help. If i plant the ones in the dark aswell will i not be over run with spuds. I have 16 earlies chitting and 16 mids. These will require alot of space i presume??


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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2007, 15:05 »
You won't be overrun Mickeyboy, not if you like spuds!  I've got about 95 seed spuds and once they start growing, they won't last long, and there's only 2 of us, plus the dog and the chickens!!!!!

One of my books says to plant earlies 2ft apart and maincrop 2.5ft apart, but a site on the web said you can get away with 18inches for earlies and 2ft for maincrop.  Also you can plant quick growers in between rows like salad leaves and radish type things.  And some of our posts have people planting in black bags, old compost bags, big pots and whatever else comes to hand.

Good luck with it anyway!

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2007, 20:29 »
I may have a problem with the spuds on the window sill. They appeare to be turning rather soft  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

However the shoots still look fine.



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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007, 20:35 »
they are drying out i would think the skins going like a prune . i would suggest you take them off the sill and put them in a pot of compost each until the bad weather has gone and then wait till it dries out a bit and plant them in the ground with the compost blanket you have them in ,if you do not take some kind of measure they will rot completly before your able to plant them out :)
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2007, 20:58 »
Cheers lads :D  

Munty, do i put each spud in individual pots filled with compost :?:  :?:

If so how big should the pots be and where should i keep em buddy :?:  :?:

Also using your supreme knowledge can you let me know what veg is good to grow together. I am trying to plan where veg will grow in my plot and am struggling a bit :cry:

Thanks
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2007, 21:00 »
4 inch pots if ya have , roots together . brassicas together .etc etc salads together . toms and cucs seperate

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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2007, 11:22 »
my spuds have been chitting for 6-8 weeks, the shoots are short and black.  heres photo - are they alright?

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2007, 17:03 »
i dont think theyre as big as they look, they average maybe 6-7cm high.  I got them from b+q.

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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2007, 21:52 »
i see em and they is good uns  :wink:

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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2007, 21:14 »
so munty in reply to your last post about putting spuds in pots. Will i be growing what are basically small spud plants :?:  :?:

If so do i bury the whole thing when planting mate :?:

Thanks for you help munty

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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2007, 21:29 »
Top Shoots! :D



need to check on mine see how they are doing (been working past couple days)

I had read some advice somewhere (think it was from one of you 'orrible lot) to remove all but one shoot, so this is what i have done, but then me veg book says not to :?

but then i reason that if only one shoot grows, all the energy and nutrients from the seed go into a single plant, so yield should be higher, rather than ending up with a handfull of competing plants and tons of foliage :?:  :)
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2007, 21:33 »
Quote from: "Zak the Rabbit"
I had read some advice somewhere (think it was from one of you 'orrible lot) to remove all but one shoot, so this is what i have done, but then me veg book says not to :?

but then i reason that if only one shoot grows, all the energy and nutrients from the seed go into a single plant, so yield should be higher, rather than ending up with a handfull of competing plants and tons of foliage

I'd leave all the shoots on.  It is still only one plant.

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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2007, 21:40 »
if you want big spuds but not many leave one chitt on
if you want average size spuds leave 2 or 3 chitts on
if you want lots of small sized spuds leave em all on
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