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Newbie veg grower - telling apart seedlings from weeds?

Spudface33Spudface33 Essex UKPosts: 26
Hello, I'm Gill 
A newbie to this forum and to veg growing in my garden.  We sowed them in designated rows for our radish, spring onions, lettuce and shallot seeds, which are marked by string so we know where to look. Our radish are easy to identify but the other rows are being swamped with loads of random (im guessing) weed seeds too and its hard to see whats what. 
Hubby came up with an idea that we should have sown a few seeds in pots first so that we could recognise them when they popped up outside.
Enthusiastic but impatient describes my level of gardening thus far
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  • koyukanokoyukano Posts: 72
    Spring onions will be single stalks and should be quite easy to identify compared with weeds that tend to start with two leaves opposing one another. Lettuce seedlings the colour might help you identify them as well as the shape of the leaves. Only just started myself but that's how I would try to distinguish them. 
  • Spudface33Spudface33 Essex UKPosts: 26
    Ah thank you thats really helpful, we think we may have a sort of row of lettuce seedlings but hard to tell.  Good luck with yours, what are you growing?
    Enthusiastic but impatient describes my level of gardening thus far
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    Just a little tip when growing salad crops, remember how many you will eat in a week, you don’t want 50 lettuces or 100 radishes ready in one week, so try sowing a few a week, then you will have a constant crop for many months. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    With very few exceptions I find it pays to wait a while for the true leaves to appear as that makes it much easier to see whats what. Most weeds will start to show their true identity in plenty of time to remove them and better that than hoe your next meal  :)

    But then I am a lazy gardener!
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Spudface33Spudface33 Essex UKPosts: 26
    Lyn said:
    Just a little tip when growing salad crops, remember how many you will eat in a week, you don’t want 50 lettuces or 100 radishes ready in one week, so try sowing a few a week, then you will have a constant crop for many months. 
    Thanks Lyn, yes thats a good idea and the reason I am such a newbie!
    Enthusiastic but impatient describes my level of gardening thus far
  • Spudface33Spudface33 Essex UKPosts: 26
    With very few exceptions I find it pays to wait a while for the true leaves to appear as that makes it much easier to see whats what. Most weeds will start to show their true identity in plenty of time to remove them and better that than hoe your next meal  :)

    But then I am a lazy gardener!

    Yes I'm all for that but will have to restrain hubby from eagerly hoeing until they grow a little. Thanks for your advice
    Enthusiastic but impatient describes my level of gardening thus far
  • koyukanokoyukano Posts: 72
    Ah thank you thats really helpful, we think we may have a sort of row of lettuce seedlings but hard to tell.  Good luck with yours, what are you growing?
    Sorry I could not have been more help! I'm growing mostly potatoes, spring onions, onions, radishes and lettuces in 3 raised beds at the moment. 

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1035428/just-saying-hello-after-joining#latest
  • Spudface33Spudface33 Essex UKPosts: 26
    You were a big help, im eagerly looking for single stalks now among the spring onions
    Enthusiastic but impatient describes my level of gardening thus far
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,439
    Plant in rows and mark where the rows are. then anything not in a row can be weeded out as soon as it appears and you can wait a bit longer for the ones in the row.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    I would wait a little longer, it will become clearer. With a little more experience you will instantly recognise the rows. I wouldn't disturb anything when the veg seedlings are tiny, let them establish a bit more first.
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