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Postby midgin » Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:25 pm

If you buy shallots and don't intend to use all of them...pop them in the ground...they continue to grow...true...
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Postby Modesty » Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:35 pm

yes, I bought a cheap packet in the supermarket, and now on my second season of them. Most onions, garlic and indeed potatoes will go ok straight from supermarket to garden.

Hint: For anyone with caged birds, chuck some bird seed in the ground, they love the fresh stuff, and much cheaper than buying the dried millet sprays, it is a bountiful return for a few spoons of seed.

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Postby midgin » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:24 pm

Hi Modesty...I even put carrots in the ground once...some remained A-OK..a couple rotted...I am glad to hear that someone else has heard of this hint, thank you!
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Postby Patricia » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:32 pm

Midgin, same goes for lettuce..if you take off the lettuce leaves place the "roots" into the ground ...I have on many occasions..managed to have a re-run from a bought lettuce!!
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Postby Pokie » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:44 pm

Yes, I do that with potatoes. :)
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Postby Pokie » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:45 pm

Dont forget things like Garlic, Onion and ginger too. :)
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Postby Lea » Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:56 pm

Yes, we always do this with lettuces ... and then we just pick the lettuce leaves as we need them ... so they're there for ages, especially during the cool weather, and we always have crisp fresh lettuce leaves (Y) ;)
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Postby Pam » Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:09 am

Yes, Midgin, I always do that with shallots too - why pay more for a punnet you have to wait for when you can have a bunch already grown?!

I hadn't thought of the lettuce - great idea! Thanks.
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Postby Modesty » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:18 pm

the lettuce sounds pretty funky idea- I am keen to try.

I have potatoes growing as weeds now, anyone else with this problem? They are taking over my carefully netted and longed for sweet peas :x

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Postby midgin » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:58 pm

Modesty...I don't know if I should admit to this :oops: ..... I grow sweet potatoes as a ground cover in some areas...I thin them out every so often. and the weirdest thing, the area that doesn't get much sun has the best white sweet potatoes I have ever seen...odd
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Postby Ann » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:39 pm

I have a few sweet potato plants growing and I'd be quite happy to use them as ground cover, even if they did not produce tubers. :D But I live in hope as they are still alive. :D
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Postby kitkat » Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:03 pm

Like you Ann my sweet potato tubers have not done a lot this year so I am going to let them stay there for another year and see if that helps , maybe they needed time to acclimatise or I put them in too late but the growth just got to about 60cms and then the first frost bit them back.poor things.
I l;eave some garlic in the ground year round and let it grow on , I cut the stems if I need some garlicy greens ,if I have used up all the dried garlic by then.
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