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Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:46

Sweetcorn usually needs decent warmth to germinate. They also usually take more than a week.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:00

It depends entirely on what type of veg you want to grow, Mr b. Generally speaking, summer crops should be being sown now.

Tomato plants

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 08:06

Fishy, it's all down to temperatures. There's a discussion about it here

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 10:10

Ultimately it boils down to overnight temps, Bf. They have to be read alongside daytime temps. Overnight temps in single figures - within reason, obviously - won't hurt the plants (as written above) but their development will be slowed. Ideally, you'd want overnight temps into double figures.

I think I've posted before about my experiment years ago back in Sydney. I planted out a batch in early spring with overnight temps around 8 or 9C. I planted out the rest a month later with overnight temps around 12 or 13C. The two batches started their ripening process at the same time. The early planting just meant they took longer.

Obviously you're at the mercy of your local climate but, all boiled down, it depends how long you want to wait.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:15

That's all that matters.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:12

Bf, I'm with Hostafan (above). They will be fine in the coldframe. 

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:10

Hi Verdun. You can pot them up if you have the time, inclination and energy. The extra pot size won't be of any particular benefit at this point. 

Hostafan, developed seedlings will cope outdoors at 4C. They just won't do a lot of growing. A frost would be a different matter.


The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:54

See above, Bf. Don't bother potting them up. Mine live in 3" plastic disposble coffee cups from first transplant till planting out. 


The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:52

Crikey, they're giants! 7C overnight won't hurt them at this stage in a cold frame. Mine are outside on the terrace without protection overnight at temps not much higher.

I wouldn't bother potting them up. They're not long away from being planted out and toms don't mind being a bit pot-bound at this stage. Transplanting gives the roots a wee shock which is good for them. It stimulates them.

Advice on Cavolo Nero

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:09

I've had crops chugging along nicely covered in snow. Very sturdy stuff. Doesn't come back the next season, though. Bolts as soon as there's any warm weather.

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