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seedlings progress ...

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 13:25

thanks for the tips Steve. would you prick all these out now, even those without true leaves yet? it would be easier if i could do it all today, rather than do it in batches during the week ... but if i have to wait for the others to come through a bit stronger then ill wait. the aubretia and parsley in particular look like they are too small to handle now, so should i leave those and just prick out the tomatoes, marigolds and lettuce?

i have 2 trays of 3 inch pots (so about 100 in total. better to have more than not enough!) ready for the bigger plants, eg tomatoes to go into. 

planting them deeper - so i dunk them in with the seed leaves just above the compost surface?

seedlings progress ...

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 12:24

seedlings as of yesterday afternoon:


 aubretia and tomato:

(L to R) Calendula, Lettuce, Dainty Marietta, Tagetes

 Tagetes close up:

 Lettuce close up:

 Calendula close up:


how do they look? the tagetes are the first to come through with true leaves .. are these now ready to prick out?

lettuce look like they have 1 true leaf, the dainty are coming through just about and the calendula still havent produced theirs.

by the way - when pricking these out - i plan to put them 1 each per module cell in a new tray. i used John Innes 1, do i use the same again or it do they need some nutrients now they are growing on?

Thanks everyone ..

seedlings progress ...

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:41

Hello Mike. Thanks for your post. i was really worried about the leaning, i suspect also i didnt sow them deep enough. the calendula and lettuce also seem close together but is it best to be patient and wait til they have other leaves before thinning them out?

i have turned the trays as regularly as possible - morning and evening. im at work during the day so dont have access to them. auxiliary lighting, no idea where to start with that. sadly im quite limited in what i have available at my temporary location ... but rest assured ill do my best.

i gave them a little watering from the bottom tonight. drained before it reached the surface, so the soil isnt wet but moist. i decided to do this after i dipped my finger into the soil when i came back tonight half deep and it seemed slightly dry.

seedlings progress ...

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:22

so .. my first sowing attempts made on sunday 16th, all have germinated bar the parsley (which i was expecting to be slow). these were started off in a propogator on a west window, and once the seeds came up, i lifted the lids off (but probably a couple of days late).

since, the marigold varieties in particular have grown a lot, but they are all suffering from 'window lean' ... see picture:

im trying to rotate them, but im not sure if these are doing ok .. can someone give me a little nudge in the right direction of what i might need to do next?

this first 2 pics are calendula (the biggest ones), next to them lettuce (mixed), then tagetes, then dainty marietta.

the second pic is aubretia, then gardeners delight cherry tom, and red alert cherry tom.

thanks ...


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:04

thanks for the feedback everyone, i ordered 5x hidcote looks like they'll be delivered within april sometime, perfect for giving me some time to prepare the area they will be going in.

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:05


has anyone bought any lavenders from ? about to buy a handful and they seem to be cheap. £11 for x 5 hidcotes, plus there's a 17% code to use so they cost £9.11. 

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:44


tools I no longer need

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:40

what kind of stuff Jess ?

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:40

Great to hear Lori. keep us posted with your progress

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 13:27

i don't follow Mike.

is this a post of advice? a question? a moan at garden centres? a moan at pots and container growing? 

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