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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Feeding plants.

01 December 2009 19:58:30
How xmas potatoes look so far.

How xmas potatoes look so far.

Looking back over some past notes taken about growing veg,i discovered some of the things that happen with them at feeding.

1 We dont feed plants,they feed themselves.2 What we do need to understand is how they obtain food.3 Plants feed in two ways,through their leaves and their roots.4 The leaves use carbon dioxide from the air to make growth giving out oxygen in its place.5 We know that as photosynthesis.6 This only happens in the light.Without light plants die.7 Plants need minerals and other substances,usually taking them up through their lower roots.8 The plant selects which mineral it wants and only takes the amount it needs,when it needs it.That is some of the ways plants feed themselves when growing.The weather improved a little ealier on to help again frost.How long for,is the question. 


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J.D. J.D. 01 December 2009 20:18:59

Spuds look like they are growing nice and healthy, John. Can I come to your house for Christmas Dinner?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 01 December 2009 20:36:40

Thanks Jacinta,you are more than welcome.I could even get some important information from you on the growing of flowers as well.


Sharon1 Sharon1 01 December 2009 21:39:20

Spuds look great John, the frost does not seem to have bothered them, they only have another 23 days to go! (where is the time going?)


Lìga Lìga 01 December 2009 21:46:44

Jacinta you can't go to John for Chrismas,because i will go to you house for Chrismas dinner,you have sprouts.But if you take your sprouts,and go to John..may i come too John???


Pat Pat 01 December 2009 21:47:50

They look great John. What size crop do you expect.? Are they indoor ? Do you keep adding soil as the leaf protrudes.?


fraoch fraoch 01 December 2009 22:24:24

If we could be like plants and only take the amount of food we need it would save a lot of problems!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 01 December 2009 22:27:10

You are very welcome also Liga.Tell Jacinta i will have the pot ready for the sprouts.If you feel like doing some weeding then i will direct you both to the garden. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 01 December 2009 22:34:13

Pat,we hope to get what will do the house on xmas day.Even if they are only golf ball size it will be the thrill of having your own home grown potatoes,on Christmas day.They are in the greenhouse.You are right about the soil.That is what is done.


Lìga Lìga 02 December 2009 05:18:22

Thanks John:))I will think about thats part where is about weeding,,:)))


Sharon1 Sharon1 02 December 2009 13:05:33

I always think of Christmas Spuds like a present out of Santa Clauses, sack - not quiet sure what your going to get, but its going to be good whatever it is - do you wait till Christmas morning to harvest???? (I do and my family thinks I nuts when I come in with a bowl full of freshly pulled spuds for dinner)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 02 December 2009 17:38:19

Same here Sharon.On Christmas morning,yes they will be gathered for dinner.When i go to other members of the family for x mas dinner i always bring some with me and say to all,look at the present santy gave me to pass on for Xmas dinner.I can just imagine what they think of me.


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