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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143795Post red
Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:15 pm

Odsox wrote:Can you tell me Red, do you sprout them at normal temperatures?
I remember seeing an article about a someone who grows parsnips for show purposes and he chills the seeds for 2 weeks before giving them a bit of heat .... is that a load of tosh?
I have yet to sow mine as I like to leave them until the end of next month as I get terrible canker if I sow too early.
mine are in the propagator.. so a bit warmer. my parents did them in the airing cupboard.
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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143797Post Mal
Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:23 pm

chillis and basil are doing nothing on the windowsills

garlic is in pots on the patio, waiting for me to prepare a bed for them down at the 'lottie

everything else is sitting around the house in bags and boxes, staring at me in a slightly disappointed way, as if I'd promised much but delivered nothing.

Was hoping to get the potatoes out to start chitting yesterday, but sadly ran out of time.
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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143831Post Enormous Sage
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:19 pm

Just put some garlic and jerusalem artichokes down at the start of last week.
One of the garlic cloves is already poking through the soil!

Next week will be Leeks and Celleriac... then lettuce, peas, spinach, salsify... etc.

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Post: # 143835Post Millymollymandy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:49 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: Nothing - yet. It's way too early! :shock: Well I did buy some spuds and put to chit but even that is too early as the sprouts will be too long by the time I plant them - but I had to pick up my freebie spuds from the garden centre before the end of the month.
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Post: # 143876Post Elizabeth
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:07 pm

my first seedling are through today! :blob: :blob: :blob:

Salad leafs in the coldframe and Pansys on the kitchen windowsill - there is life after all!!
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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143913Post bonniethomas06
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:29 am

I don't belieeeeve it!

On Saturday afternoon I sowed about 25 cucumber seeds in seed compost with a sprinkling of Vermiculite and put in a heated propagator on a windowsill.

On Monday evening after work I checked them and found that 21 seeds were now little seedlings!

Is that the fastest germination or what!?

I am now panicking that I sowed them too early, and that they will get too big before I have space or get the rotten neck disease again because the greenhouse is too hot.
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Post: # 143923Post red
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:20 am

hi and welcome bonniethomas

21 cucumbers plants? you must like cucumber salads!
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Post: # 143946Post rockchick
Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:24 pm

Aaargh - panic panic *flaps arms wildly in the air* haven't even finished digging yet! Aren't we due another cold spell next week? With 2 under 5's in the house, how long to you think any seed trays on windowsills will last before the excavations start?

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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143951Post bonniethomas06
Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:16 pm


hi and welcome bonniethomas

21 cucumbers plants? you must like cucumber salads!


Thanks!

I am not really that keen on cucumbers, but I seem to have this innate terror that I haven't grown enough...even though every year without fail I have to heartbreakingly consign hundreds of seedlings to the compost bin.

And the last time I did cucumbers I lost loads due to the rotten neck disease they get. Better safe than sorry!
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Re: what are you sowing?

Post: # 143955Post Odsox
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:02 pm

rockchick wrote:Aaargh - panic panic *flaps arms wildly in the air* haven't even finished digging yet! Aren't we due another cold spell next week? With 2 under 5's in the house, how long to you think any seed trays on windowsills will last before the excavations start?
Don't worry .... plenty of time yet :cheers: All these others are just showing off.
The best time to sow most crops direct in the soil is early April in the UK as the soil temperature is nowhere near high enough to germinate most seeds.
So you still have about 5 weeks to finish that digging :flower:
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Post: # 143960Post Big Al
Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:21 pm

Annpan wrote:spring onion, leek, lettuce, tomatoes, a single courgette and 2 other things that I forget are sown in modules on the window ledge or in the coldframe.

shallots have gone into the plot

peppers, peas, mange tout, sweetcorn and parsnips are chitting (?) they are sitting on damp kitchen roll or in water to soak them before planting.

Potatoes - Left over maincrop were brought out of storage earlier today to chit.... still haven't bought any earlies :? ... which reminds me of a post I meant to make....


How do you do your parsnips red?
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For parsnips i put them on a saucer and stick them in the freezer overnight. Been very hit and mis but got about 80% of those sown where as none came from direct planting into the soil.
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Post: # 143983Post chilitony
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:09 am

Just put them in the fridge for a couple of days rather than freeze them :drunken:
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Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:15 am

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Post: # 144025Post rockchick
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:28 pm

Odsox wrote:
rockchick wrote:Aaargh - panic panic *flaps arms wildly in the air* haven't even finished digging yet! Aren't we due another cold spell next week? With 2 under 5's in the house, how long to you think any seed trays on windowsills will last before the excavations start?
Don't worry .... plenty of time yet :cheers: All these others are just showing off.
The best time to sow most crops direct in the soil is early April in the UK as the soil temperature is nowhere near high enough to germinate most seeds.
So you still have about 5 weeks to finish that digging :flower:

Phew! Although, I really think I might have to get a couple of things at least going on windowsills, am just trying to work out which is least likely to get sabotaged!

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