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NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
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Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 17 8:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Oh, you're well ahead! I haven't done anything about squashes yet.

Also I think we're due a cold snap tonight?

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Posts: 2737
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 17 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've a small electric fan heater (with a thermostat) in the greenhouse to keep the cold at bay. I think it was 10 or even less.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 17 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a very impressive collection of plants

i am not going to embarrass myself with a photo of my 2 mini chilli seedlings

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 17 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've accidentally bought some selling-off-stock fruit trees, which sliiiiightly reduces available growing space :O

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you 'accidentally' buy fruit trees, or did you take them on out of pity?

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
How do you 'accidentally' buy fruit trees


They sometimes just fall in your trolley as you walk past them and you do realise until you're loading them in to the car.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the onion setts have a 95% + sprouting result

as i have limited space most are destined for eating as "spring" onions although some will be allowed to grow on to a middling size

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 17 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Suttons are/were selling all sorts for a fiver

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I see Sgt. Colon, at least I think I do.

Dpack, you have a good sprouting record. Mine are coming up nicely now, but don't think I have that good a performance. There may still be a few to come though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

with peas and beans 24 hrs in tepid water to hydrate them before planting seems to help a lot with germination rates.

if you could see my very sorry looking 2 out of 14 result for chilli seeds my overall germination rating might drop quite a bit.

spuds are showing first tips above soil

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are some "eating" potatoes treated to prevent sprouting? I chucked a couple of "anya" spuds in a pot (too many in bag to eat!) but absolutely nothing yet.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my ones had been scrubbed before packing and seemed very keen on sprouting in the cloth spud bag.

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sprout suppression

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Sprout suppression


I had no idea that there were such things
Can I assume they are used routinely? If so is there any labelling that indicates what has been used?

Would organic spuds not be treated in this way?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some sort of sprout suppression has been used for years. In the late 1950s, when we used to usually grow all out own potatoes in the UK, there was a crop failure and potatoes were allowed to be imported for eating only. All of them were treated to stop them being used as seed to avoid importing pests and diseases.

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