Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2013, 17:05 »
Think you have that the wrong way around Jay .....

You use a past participle with another verb ( usually either to have or to be) in this case - it would be, I have sown.
Simple past is just I sowed  ;)
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2013, 17:17 »
Think you have that the wrong way around Jay .....

You use a past participle with another verb ( usually either to have or to be) in this case - it would be, I have sown.
Simple past is just I sowed  ;)

Oh yes (I'm even more confused than I thought!)  ::)
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2013, 21:28 »
Like most people, I've only ever chatted spuds.  How interesting though, will have a go at chitting other veg seeds now  :D
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2013, 21:32 »
I have soaked my runner beans, French beans seeds for about three hours, planning to bury them in compost pot on Friday.

Is soaking a good idea? Or should I wait till they germinate?
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2013, 21:54 »
You seem to be a bit betwixt and between Bing - either soak and go through the pre-germination routine with the damp paper and so on, or soak then sow straight away (you seem to be leaving 2 days doing neither.)  :unsure:

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2013, 22:07 »
I'm a little chitter and proud of it ... chit chit away  :D
I can never get my peas or sweetcorn to grow direct into the ground , as DD says its a lot of faffing round not to do this ... but after having a good chit ... i sow them into cells , i end up with 99% of my plants growing  :)

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2013, 22:12 »
You can sow 1,000's of peas in cells?  :ohmy:
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2013, 22:31 »
I chit spuds, sweetcorn, broad beans, peas, runners, as well as some flower seed.
It is not a time consuming process, means you know exactly how many viable seeds you have to bother sowing.
I grow lots of peas and dont find it too much of a faff to throw a packet into the chitter wait a few days, then sow them normally, you can be fairly certain they wont rot in the ground too.
First sowing of sweetcorn and I want 72 plants. Chitted about 90 seed, put 72 in pots and now have 72 little sweetcorn plants coming through. I'd sooner chit seeds than spend my time sowing seeds that are never going to grow, no matter how long we wait for them to start showing.

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2013, 23:07 »
You can sow 1,000's of peas in cells?  :ohmy:

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2013, 23:55 »
Just read a bit about sprouting seeds that i looked up and they spray there seeds with a diluted hydrogen peroxide to stop mould /fungus on the chitting seeds does anybody do this ..
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2013, 00:52 »
Chitting is a pain I prefer to avoid if I can. Once set to chit I then have little choice about when to plant or they can go too far... sprout and snuff it.

Right now I have a small shallow tray of chitting (I love that word) sweet peas that really should have been potted up but are just chitting well sitting there getting soggier by the hour. Had too little time today.

I try to: Chit only when all else has failed in the past.
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2013, 10:00 »
Just read a bit about sprouting seeds that i looked up and they spray there seeds with a diluted hydrogen peroxide to stop mould /fungus on the chitting seeds does anybody do this ..

I never have.

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2013, 10:03 »
Never chitted anything but a spud in my life. I rarely if ever seem to have problems getting any seeds to germinate, and it's already hard enough finding time to do all the sowing/pricking out/planting/watering/etc. that has to be done, so I've just never really seen any point in giving myself yet another task to do which will probably be completely unnecessary.

Ditto  :) I'm not even convinced that chitting spuds is beneficial, but if you have the time and it works for you...
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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2013, 10:20 »
I've rapidly become a big fan of chitting or pre-germination.

I've done broad beans, peas, tomatoes and courgette seeds so far. As a beginner it helps me know that at least I'm getting seeds off to a good start and if they still fail to grow it narrows down the post mortem of where I went wrong.

I'm only sowing small quantities though. I can understand that for those with larger spaces this would add significant work so maybe when I'm more experienced and graduate from my small garden to an allotment I wouldn't bother.

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Re: Are you a seed "chitting" or "no-chit" sort of person?
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2013, 12:01 »
I chit potatoes, partly to break the dormancy and partly because it is the simplest way to keep them prior to planting.

I tried chitting sweetcorn many years ago, they spouted so I put them in pots and never saw a sign of them again!  Not a single one!

Ever since I sow sweetcorn in loo rolls, these are placed on a seed tray in a plastic bag.  This goes into the airing cupboard for 2 days then they go onto a warm windowsill.  A few days later vertually all appear.  I find one packet lasts me two seasons with no loss of germination rate in the second.



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