Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:09
No question is stupid or simple LucyL we all had to start somewhere. You will find that most seeds have suggested growing times on the pk. Living where you are in Scotland, I'd be unlikely to sow at the start of these months as it would'nt be warm enough outside, even with your cover, to plant them out.
I'd not even bother with the plastic over your growbed just yet, leave it until end of Feb or March even but someone else may say something different.
On a brighter note, Garlic can be planted now, I plant mine out in December. Is it Garlic Bulbs you have, which you would split into cloves and plant them?
1st and 2nd Early Potatoes grow well in containers, which kind do you have? I chit my earlies on a bright cool place and plant them out into prepared beds or containers toward the end of march. A spare room window might do for yours. Chitting later or main crop potatoes I've read, makes no difference to growth or cropping.
Any other questions just ask, there's a wealth of experience here.