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Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 14 11:29 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
Soaked for 36 hrs then in propagator on saturday (in general purpose compost). 12 'seeds' in each half seed tray.
About half have germinated after 4 days.


Excellent.

How are yours doing now Chickenlady?

(I'm still debating what to do - I definitely haven't room in the ground and compost for big pots is so expensive).

chickenlady



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They've come up - all 12 of them - in separate modules. Look a bit like coarse grass at the moment.
I've still got them in the conservatory - with minimal heating.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 14 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gosh, clever you!

Oh, I'm going to get some and worry about where to put them later

OtleyLad



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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 14 9:07 am    Post subject: Progress report Reply with quote    

The nuts have germinated and I have repotted them - so far so good.
They do seem to grow rather fast - anyone any idea how big they might get?

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Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 14 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking good.

I've just ordered mine No clue about final size though.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 14 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Assuming we get a decent harvest here's some recipes including them:

http://tigernuts.com/tigernuts.recipes.html

Some odd spelling but worth a look. I had thought of grinding them up and seeing how they would add/detract as a sauce ingredient (especially in curries/laksa).

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 14 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
Assuming we get a decent harvest here's some recipes including them:

http://tigernuts.com/tigernuts.recipes.html

Some odd spelling but worth a look. I had thought of grinding them up and seeing how they would add/detract as a sauce ingredient (especially in curries/laksa).


I like the look of some of those! I do hope they are successful.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 14 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They've arrived - they're tiny! Not sure what I was expecting, but not chickpeas

How do I soak them? I've never done soaking before.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 14 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I put them in a jar/cup with enough water to cover them (plus and inch) and put them somewhere warm (next to our boiler). 36 hours is plenty of time - then just plant them as normal.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 14 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OtleyLad wrote:
I put them in a jar/cup with enough water to cover them (plus and inch) and put them somewhere warm (next to our boiler). 36 hours is plenty of time - then just plant them as normal.


Thanks

Mithril



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 14 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine aren't doing much :/

How about about you guys? Should they take off, what sized pot do think I'd red per plant?

chickenlady



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine are still growing well...I'm going to plant them up into large pots this weekend and put them in the cold frame. They're still in the conservatory at the moment. They're about twice the size as when I put the pic up. I'm keeping them quite moist.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmm. Maybe I need to bring them inside. I put them straight outside in a south facing position, but not in a cold frame or anything.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 14 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Four of them have actually come on. :phew:

They are about ready to move out of their modules now. What sized pots did you go for in the end? How big are they now?

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 14 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got them in the ground in the poly, they're nearly 2ft high and several new shoots around each one.

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