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Hi loony gardner What have you sown?
Are they in your house, in a greenhouse or outside?
The beets and carrots might be OK
The good news is .....Beetroots and carrots will be fine
The bad news is .... aubergines, peppers and tomatoes need warmth to germinate - are you sure they've germinated outside - they need to be sown indoors on a warm windowsill or in a heated propagator, then potted on and kept warm and only planted out when all risk of a frost is over - even then peppers and aubergines really need to be in a greenhouse and only some varieties of tomatoes will do well outside.
So, I'm afraid you'll have to write them off, put it down to experience and start again, but not just yet ..........
I'm not sowing my tomatoes until next month.........
Start them off in pots, not many tomatoes grow outside, I grow mine in a bed in the greengouse, the peppers in the conservatory. They grow to at least 3' tall, so make sure you have room for them. Maybe you live in a very warm calm area, you could get away with growing then outside. Look for seeds that can be grown outside. Seeds germinate very well without a propagator, I have never had one. Sure,it will bring your seeds up in a few days, but then what, you cant even put them in a cold green house yet.
Wait until next month - I'll be starting my tomatoes off in mid to late April on the dining room and kitchen windowsills which are east facing and as soon as I dare I'll transfer them to the little growhouse outside which I'll have to fleece or bubblewrap if we get a bad cold snap.
For a What to do When guide, have a look at the top of this website - it has a What to do now section which is helpful, although if you live to the north of the UK you'll probably find you need to be a week or two later than the timings shown.
Hi Loony, I'm a newbie too, I found you can buy small, but effective greenhouses in Wilkos, and B&M bargains for between £10-15, they aren't the best money can buy, but offer lots more protection than nothing at all. I propagated my seedlings indoors for a week and have got lots of promising seedlings, and have since moved them to the greenhouse we got from B&M. The only 'veg' I'm hoping to grow is a pepper called 'patio sizzler' I don't know whether I'm going to get much from it though, I only have one stringy looking seedling thus far.
Most seeds germinate to produce young seedlings in a temperature range of 15 - 24 deg C. They will then need to be grown on inside if they are frost tender (Half Hardy). If the plant is labelled 'Hardy' on the seed packet then it will tolerate low temperatures and frost and can be grown on in a cold frame/unheated greenhouse (eg: sweet peas).
I used to live in Essex, it seemed to have real seasons, summer and winter, same when i lived in Kent. Now i am in Devon, close to Dartmoor, the seasons just blend into each other, you dont get that different times. Those plastic greenhouses are good, but you do need to tie them to something, the wind plays havoc with them.
Dont worry if your seedlings look leggy, just repot when they have a couple of sets of leaves, put then deep in the new pots, almost up to the 1st set of leaves. Keep potting on when the roots show out of the pots, pop in deep again, then by the time the weather is warm you will have lovely plants.
Yeah I have one of those mini greenhouse and I am onto my second this year. I weighted the base down with old tiles and thought that will never move. It didn't it just tore in half at the base and still blew away.
I have polytunnels one on the allotment and one at home on hard standing, I have learnt painfully that they have to be very well secured.
For the one in the garden I have drilled into the concrete and fitted ground anchors near the front and back of the poly on either side, I then pass 6mm rope over the top of the poly and secure it to the anchors I do the same inside and attach it to the frame work. Its worked so far and we've had some strong winds.
For the allotment I do the same but use 12" long auger anchors.