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    Default FOR NEW PEEPS, Chitting beans.

    this is what beans do under the ground/compost,and what they look like when soaked for 24 hours,and placed inside the damp towel or damp paper,it's called chitting,this will show you wether or not the seeds are any good,also gives a head start,these are normaly put in earler than this stage,but all will come good,all i done was half filled a tray,layed the beans roots on top,then gently covered with more compost,as the soil becomes easier to work/walk on,they will go in the ground,i got 5 trays off 20 done this morning,

    Just to add,peas ,squash,cue,melon,in fact most seeds,can all be done the same especially to check wether viable or not.
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    Well, I've never chitted beans. But it looks like a great idea. I might do the same with my peas. Thanks, LD.
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    Very helpful post, Lottie, Thank you.
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    Thanks that is very helpful. I just planted mine straight in modules last year so good to see what happens and what to expect when chitting

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Very helpful post, Lottie, Thank you.
    I agree with you there VC so I've made the thread a sticky.
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    Oooh...so all the seeds I sowed at the weekend and put directly into mini pots of compost I could have done this with first to check if they were going to germinate?

    I saw someone do something similar on YouTube and using wet paper towels but they placed it on a heated seed mat for a couple of days so I didnít know if needed that.

    Thank you for this
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    no heat used by me,just put between the cloth placed on a tray and water,keep damp,some seeds however, may benefit from being near a radiator,no need to go buying things unless you wish to,a few years ago,son put some squash seed in a wet duster,inside a poly tub,it mimicks the conditions in the ground,damp and darker,this is a pick of my current test pot,butternut from a bought one,some parsnips,and lettuce,the BN are doing well,it's this stage you can pot them up,be very carefull not to knock the white chit /root of,there are several ways diffent peeps use,that suit's them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    Well, I've never chitted beans. But it looks like a great idea. I might do the same with my peas. Thanks, LD.
    I chitted my peas this year for the first time and it's been a revelation.

    Last year I carefully sowed a whole drainpipe of peas hung up in my greenhouse and a grand total of one pea germinated and promptly died.

    This year, I chitted them on wet kitchen roll with a 95% success rate, planted them on into small modules and they are taking off.
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