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What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 23:28

Well eventually (i.e. next month) I will start sowing my broccoli, lettuces and probably tomatoes As you said, Chicky, I will be sowing same flowers as you. I have to say I have never grown dahlias from seed before - only corms - so I might try them. Also, I was thinking of trying onions from seed instead of the sets.

Tomorrow, as it is going to be wet again (It was lovely here today.) I shall take a spend a couple of hours perusing the seed section my local garden centres for fresh ideas. Hence the reason for my question.

What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 23:01


I am curious to know what people are sowing in their unheated greenhouses at this time. I have a heated propagator which I have dragged out of hibernation and have it ready to fire up in the conservatory ( also unheated)  and was wondering what's occurring in other greenhouses across the land. Is it too soon to start sowing tomatoes (some packets say sow from January, but that seems a bit early to me)

I live in Berkshire



Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:41

Re blood fish and bone, do you only use this at planting time for veges or do you add it later as things grow as well? 


Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:32

Hoe did Masterpiece compare with Marketmore, Dave?  Any preference?

Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:21

Thank you everyone for that.  Yes I have got some of last year';s seed potting compost which has been left out side so it sounds as if I might be best digging it in somewhere and starting again. I am tempted to try using my own sifted garden compost as an experiment and see how things go, bearing in mind I must keep an eye on the weeds that sprout too. I do hate disappointment though!

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:52

Sorry - been grannying today with little 2 year old which has been great fun  in the veggie garden at home with his little wheelbarrow and tool set.  Start them young!

Yes - Marketmore seems to be a popular variety and you seem to be tolerating the pips.  Cucumbers in Italy seem to have rather tough skins too and need peeling. Maybe most of them are grown outdoors too. I expect they still beat the shop bought ones. 

Will seek out La Diva, Pam. 

Will keep looking for other varieties.  What would happen if I grew a greenhouse variety in the garden I wonder?  Might be an interesting experiment. Anyone tried it?

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:26

Thanks Forester.  I will be very interested to hear of any successful varieties. I don't get up to the allotment every day ( assume they need watering daily if there is no rain) so I shall probably try some in the garden so I can keep an eye on them.

Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:45

Hi All on this cold and frosty morning!  I have read several discussions on these forums on good and bad composts to buy.  My question is, does anyone out there use homemade composts using sifted garden compost  (and additives?) to sow their seeds and pot up in the greenhouse?

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:28

After reading a discussion on growing tomatoes and cucumbers together in a greenhouse, has anyone had success in growing outdoor cucumbers and if so, which variety?

Butternut Squash

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 10:55

The bacon, tomato and cheese idea sounds yum, Bob!


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