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planting broad beans

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 07:50

I'd wait and direct sow, but then I get a tad paranoid about starting seeds and then leaving them for a week if they're to be unattended.

sheep manure

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:27

Sheep manure's usually stronger than cow or horse. Bear that it in mind and it's perfectly good. If the sheep has grazed, there can be more weed seeds, I've found.

I was reading something somewhere - or maybe I even heard it on the radio - to the effect that you don't need crocks with modern potting mixes. I use them anyway. I'd prefer them to fleece only because I think they would drain better.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 14:11

We're heading for another three or four days of rain - well, showers - here in Central Italy. Good thing, too. Last year was one of the driest on record. The temps hit the low-20s in mid-March and it stayed very warm till late October into November. This year started the same - mid-20s in mid-March - and the locals were starting to panic, but it suddenly cooled off and started to rain and has for the last three weeks. I'm worried that some of the seeds I've planted out might rot in the ground, but better the rain. I can always sow more.

leggy beetroot seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:44
Lorea wrote (see)

They're still in the modules where I sowed them, so I haven't separated them yet, and wasn't planning to.

What do you think? Shall I still plant them out?

Ah well, sounds like they got ahead of themselves with the burst of warmth. I've never found any of the so-called "bolthardy" things actually live up to their name.

I'd plant them out. Why waste them? Depending how leggy they actually are, maybe tuck them in at least half an inch deeper. I direct-sow mine allowing for the clusters, only sowing about a third of what I need, and, once they're up, I carefully separate them and transplant the extras. I lose very few in the process.

Sweet William

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 08:27

My Mum used to call them a bit of both. Hers didn't come back but self-seeded and lived on. I think technically they're biennials.

leggy beetroot seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:54

Leggy anything usually means an absence of good strong light, Lorea. They've been straining to get to what light there is. Have they grown in their typical clusters? Have you separated them yet?

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:47

Once germinated, light and temperature dictate their progress, Ian. They need as much good strong light as they can get, and while they don't need to be kept as warm as for seed germination, you'd still want temps in at least the mid-teens C for them to prosper. It's worth checking the temps in your greenhouse, particularly at night. If the overnight temp gets into, say, single figures you should look to try to insulate in some way. At this time of year, it's better to be able to bring them inside overnight if need be, but growbags obviously make that difficult.

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:34

Sounds like temperature and overwatering might be the issue. Toms don't like constantly damp feet. Let the mix dry out between waterings.

Talkback: Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 08:21
stu j wrote (see)

about 8,weeks ago sowed tomato seeds all came through great .been away over easter weekend wet too check plants few seemed too be dying and brown-white marks on leaves can anyone advise what problem is thanks.

What size are the seedlings now and where are they in terms of protection from the elements and a source of decent light? The brown and white marks could either be a fungal infection or an excess of moisture in the soil. It's hard to know without more information.

Basil

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 08:13

Basil seed germinates best at a temp in the low 20sC. It will germinate at lower temps but take longer.

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