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03/09/2012 at 14:19

hello,

i went on holiday for a month and my friend was ment to water and air the little green house i have but forgot, toms not looking well, chillis dead and strawbs gone, basicaly its all lost as its been vrey hot here.

What sort of things if any could i start now from seed or small bought plants that i could grow and eat, things that dont need to come inside when it starts getting cold in a couple of months, no more room on the windows.

Thanks for any advice.

03/09/2012 at 17:15

I have just sown some seeds of Land Cress, Swiss Chard and carrots. I have never sown carrots so late before, so it's a bit of an experiment. The others should come up OK and last through the winter,

03/09/2012 at 18:44

I have done the same as you Green Magpie. I put some more Carrot seeds in this morning, in a container. Worth a try.

03/09/2012 at 19:00

As has been said, Swiss Chard should go in now.  You can sow Lambs lettuce to grow through the autumn and winter, and winter lettuce can go in now - Valdor is a good variety - it might need a little protection from fleece or a cloche if the weather gets very bad, but if you can give it a little tlc it'll produce a good crop.

 It'll soon be time to set garlic cloves and to sow Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia for an early crop next year.

04/09/2012 at 11:34

I've just sown some winter spinach, as all my cabbages have just been ravaged by caterpillars and needed to be thrown away!

04/09/2012 at 13:00

that will do nicely, im on my way to the shops now , are all carrot ok or is there one that stands more chance of lasting.

04/09/2012 at 13:06

Chinese Greens such as Pak Choi and Japanese Mizuna can be sown now for a quick crop that shoul dbe ready by October.

I have some carrots I sowed in pots in the second week of August which have germinated well and are now 2" high which is 2" more than the ones I've sown in the ground for the last 4 years.  The pots were a last ever chance for them but it seems to be the way to go.  Now we're back from hols I can move them to a sunny site at the front as they no longer need to be grouped in the shade for automatic watering and that should speed up growth.

You can plant onion sets for a crop next July and spring cababge plugs if you can find them.  Bit late for sowing them though.  It's also a good time to plant a new starwberry patch.

I'm also going to have  a go at a last crop of beets, turnips and spnach in teh hope they'll germintae quickly in the September warmth.

03/03/2013 at 11:01

can i plant carrot seed now

planted tomatoes c]flower cabbage onions brocoli leeks all seed  in g house lettuice

flowers lobelia sweet pea pancys egg plant lupins wall flowers

hopeing for the best lol xx

ps novice cant do emails

05/03/2013 at 08:07

Carrots should be sown directly where they're going to grow. They don't transplant. They also need soil temps (as opposed to air temps) around 15C to give the seeds a good chance to germinate.

05/03/2013 at 18:23

Just planted 25 broad beans in peat pots and a 1/2  tray of summer cabbage 1/2 tray of leeks in my un heated greenhouse.    With the expected cold spell next week do I need to cover them with glass over the pots or should they be ok.

06/03/2013 at 15:14
BensGrandad wrote (see)

Just planted 25 broad beans in peat pots and a 1/2  tray of summer cabbage 1/2 tray of leeks in my un heated greenhouse.    With the expected cold spell next week do I need to cover them with glass over the pots or should they be ok.


They are hardy veg-do not molly coodle them.

06/03/2013 at 19:04
Italophile wrote (see)

Carrots should be sown directly where they're going to grow. They don't transplant. They also need soil temps (as opposed to air temps) around 15C to give the seeds a good chance to germinate.

There may be another way...http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3340762/Goodbye-seed-trays-hello-gutter.html.

I tried this last year, with good results, and have sown some more seeds (peas, spring onions and carrots) in lengths of guttering in the greenhouse. The spring onions and peas are well up, the carrots are just starting to poke through.

I'm planning to cloche the planting areas to warm up the soil a bit.

06/03/2013 at 21:59

 figrat. Just read the link. Sounds a good plan to use guttering.

I'm just trying to work out my planting plan for this year and want to grow some winter veg to replace veg grown in the summer - I've only turnip on the list so far which can be sown as late as July, would you think they'd be ok sown in guttering. Me thinks turnip could be planted after garlic is harvested. 

11/04/2013 at 20:55

ty 4 advice on carrots put seeds in a big container gonna try them in there  its just carrots  no success ok with everything else can only try lol

11/04/2013 at 20:57

ty 4 advice on carrotts

11/04/2013 at 21:02

i did peas 'beans last year but some one pinched my guttering after i planted them out hence no gutter this year but it did have drainage tiny holes  i just hope they used it lol xxxxxxxxxxx

11/04/2013 at 21:20

just aquired an allotment, needs attention but is there anythign i could start growing now or should i wait till groud properly prepared?

11/04/2013 at 22:32
You can start loads of things now, just visit a garden centre and check the seed packets. We're probably about a month (at the worst) away from the last threat of frost and any seedlings can be grown and potted on in that time providing you have somewhere (like a windowsill for seedlings then to a cold frame outside) to keep young plants at night.

Because of the cold spring we've had I'm only properly starting to sow now.
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