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Shan

started my Seeds

I started my seeds yesterday. Last year, I started them at the end of Feb/beginning of March and they did so much better than previous years.

I have sweet peppers in the propagator and I have soaked my aubergine seeds overnight. So today, I will be doing the aubergines and some chillis and tomatoes.

I am thinking, I will leave the squashes & courgettes until mid March.
Treacodactyl

I'm trying to hold off a bit as we've got a bit of a cold spell. Just have some bamboos germinating in the propagator.
Shan

It's sooooo hard to hold off! I'm like a child with a bag of sweeties!
Bebo

Good to get chillis and peppers going this early. I'll probably wait until late March / early April for my squashes.
wellington womble

Otherwise they take over the greenhouse before you can get them outside and you can't get in to water the tomatoes.
sean

I've just mowed the lawn. Confused
Bebo

Otherwise they take over the greenhouse before you can get them outside and you can't get in to water the tomatoes.


Yup.
Shan

The worst plant I have ever had was Fat Baby Acocha. It took over the entire greenhouse and took about 5 hours to eventually extricate the damn thing.
Hots

Interesting!
I've just looked up fat baby whatsit as I'd never heard of it.
I'm tempted, but had told myself at the end of last season not to grow cumbers this year, I have a small greenhouse and they take up a lot of room.
So, this year it's all going to be tomatoes, I have started off 3 varieties on the kitchen windowsill and they're all up, moneymaker, garden's delight and piccolo.
Bring on the Spring!
Hots

Interesting!
I've just looked up fat baby whatsit as I'd never heard of it.
I'm tempted, but had told myself at the end of last season not to grow cumbers this year, I have a small greenhouse and they take up a lot of room.
So, this year it's all going to be tomatoes, I have started off 3 varieties on the kitchen windowsill and they're all up, moneymaker, garden's delight and piccolo.
Bring on the Spring!
Shan

The Acocha are interesting enough but I would say you would be better off concentrating on tomatoes and maybe a few pepper plants. The amount of space the Acocha takes up versus the value of the crop is not worth it. The damn thing grows so quickly, it reminded me of the Carnivorous plant from The Little Shop of Horrors!!!

Bebo

I grew a mexican sour gherkin plant in the polytunnel once. That wound itself around everything, taking over half of the shelving that I use for rearing seedlings.. As it was tucked in the corner and wasn't really affecting anything that I was using I left it to it. Took a while to unravel it all at the end of the season though.
gil

I scythed the grass when it was frosty - it cut really easily.

Trying to hang on re sowing seeds (also waiting on main seed order arriving), though I may start tomatoes soon. I will probably regret this if I do, as we are forecast continuation of this settled period of cold weather.

The best warm sunny windowsill is already full of housebulbs dying back (hyacinths, paperwhites). No room for tomatoes yet.
Shan

I was supposed to do my Tom seeds last week but it's too cold outside. I'm waiting for some sunshine so I can sit outside and do it.
Mistress Rose

If I don't keep my grape vine well cut back it disputes my right to enter the greenhouse.
Shan

There be monsters in the greenhouse! Shocked
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Sweet peas are finally showing, and dahlias, but everything else is still sulking Laughing
otatop

The worst plant I have ever had was Fat Baby Acocha. It took over the entire greenhouse and took about 5 hours to eventually extricate the damn thing.


Same here. You have to pick the things when they're small - and they were so prolific and fast growing that by the time I'd got to the end of the vine the ones at the beginning had grown into monsters. It was like trying to paint the Forth Bridge twice a day. They weren't particularly tasty either.
quixoticgeek

I like to start my tomatoes and Peppers quite early. Living in Kent the warm climate means that I can generally get them out quite early, not to mention the benefits of a good ole Urban Heat island...

Every year I try to plan around the 26th of January. This year I started them on the 29th. It's now the 15th of march and my tomatoes are nearly 10" tall... They are growing faster than usual. The chillis are doing much the same rate as usual.

Am going to pot them onto larger pots in the coming days.

The big problem I'm going to hit soon is running out of space on the window sills... I want to start off a couple of trays of beetroot and brassicas in the next week too... If I can't start to get thing outside by April, I'm going to not have enough space for the pumpkins and beans...

On the plus side, the lettuce I started at the same time is ready for harvest, yay for cut and come again.

J
dpack

last year the things that did best went in rather late but i do have a problem with a north west aspect and building shade that means the few sunny spots are only sunny from late may til late sept.
i will work with that and hold off on plants or seeds for a while.

unless i build a platform in a sunny place ,a very tempting idea but a bit off the wall ,literally.
jema

We have kicked into gear in the last week, loads of seeds planted and raised beds weeded.
Trying a new thing this year and using collapsible plastic crates that allow drainage, are a nice depth and have handles.
We also have another greenhouse on order Smile
This is the third year we have been here now, and I'm determined this year we will be a lot more successful.
AnnaD

I planted chilli and tomato seeds last week (a bit later than planned!), and I already have a shoot. I think I'll wait until April to plant most of the other veg since I live in Scotland. Shan

We have kicked into gear in the last week, loads of seeds planted and raised beds weeded.
Trying a new thing this year and using collapsible plastic crates that allow drainage, are a nice depth and have handles.
We also have another greenhouse on order Smile
This is the third year we have been here now, and I'm determined this year we will be a lot more successful.

I think half the battle is finding the seeds that work for the conditions you have. I found Real Seed Co. to be quite useful for this & there are some varieties that do much better for me than others.
gz

Neighbour over the road gave us two dozen peas that he'd soaked ready...I think it is a sort of hint!!
Just sown them now, and it is raining Very Happy
Shan

Well done!
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