Sally Nex

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Talkback: Seed Club - spring in the greenhouse

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:17
It's always a tricky moment when you realise your greenhouse space doesn't equal the number of seed trays you have to put into it!

Patsy - your conservatory sounds wonderful, I'm very envious. I suspect you are less of a 'novice' than you let on though - that's an impressive range of flowers you've got there!

Lyn - thank you! Those plastic greenhouses are fantastic to expand into, I really recommend them. I've also got a large coldframe I use as an extension to the greenhouse - invaluable for housing hardier seedlings.

Tom - I hear you, I'm desperate to get everything outside and growing now. Still, as I type there is sun shining in the window - you never know, spring might just be here at last...

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 14:14
Wow great that everyone's up and running already! You're quite right though Andy - it's more cool weather on the way so they say. I think we may be in for a late spring (not that that's stopping me - never had much common sense when it comes to sowing at this time of year!)

@Smurf and RobMagMum - I've got some cucamelon seeds too, can't wait to try them. It's far too early to sow yet (even for me!) so I'm waiting till April and putting them in along with the courgettes and cucumbers.

@Raymond - Exochorda is a shrub, rather a beautiful one at that: I've never heard of it being raised from seed. Are you sure you've got the right name there? White flowers are about all that it and the Gaura have in common... both gorgeous plants though.

Talkback: Gardeners' World Magazine Seed Club

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:09

Hello all - I hope you found the seed swap thread OK. I love seed swaps and try to do one or two each year - online, and also via Seedy Sunday events (see if there's one in your area here

But this is all about growing the same seeds together so we can compare notes and share results. Totally agree Gardengirl - the flower selection is mouthwatering. I'm hoping to dust down my heated propagator this week and start on the half-hardy annuals!

Re viability - you can pre-germinate seeds to see if they're viable or not. Get a piece of kitchen towel, damp it down and lay some of the seeds on top. I put my kitchen towel in one of those plastic seed trays but a plate is fine. Then pop into the airing cupboard (or anywhere warm & dark) and check every day. After a week or two (depending on variety) you'll start seeing roots & shoots emerging - that's when to pot them up (very carefully) into potting compost. I do my parsnip seeds like this every year but it works for pretty much anything really.

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