Is it too early to sow seeds in a greenhouse in Feb?
gilla.walmsley Posts: 285
in Fruit & veg
I've just recently had installed my first ever greenhouse, and I'm beside myself with excitement! I'm planning to grow a few things this year: cucumbers, peppers, chilli, spinach - all of which say on the packet I can start sowing from Feb. However I wasn't sure if that meant indoors, or whether I would get away with sowing them in a greenhouse under a propagator. Would I need a heater in order to do that in February, or an electric propagator?
If your greenhouse is well insulated with bubble wrap for instance, you'd then have to watch the humidity levels.
Remember, the Beast from the East was in March and that lasted for a few weeks.
The peppers and chillis need an earlyish start , (not sure about the rest tbh).
If you have the room to keep them indoors (the house) until at least the end of March, you could sow a few and see how you get on. Staggered sowing might be worth a try.
I know how you feel, we all get itching to start sowing as soon as the days begin to lengthen , but hold your horses
If you have the funds to keep heating a greenhouse for several months [which is what you'd need to do here] and it's big enough to accommodate all the plants, then it doesn't matter so much.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Once they are thru and need pricking on is, as others have said, when your problems start because they need space and light and constant warmth and moisture levels or they will be checked.
Other seeds are better sown later in March and April when natural heat and light levels are better. They'll soon catch up with anything sown now and then needing expensive and time consuming cossetting.
Take your time now to make sure you have the staging you need, somewhere to keep the tools you'll always need in there - mini trowel; a table fork for pricking out; a compost shovel and sowing bench; stacks of seed trays and small pots; canes, string and scissors for tying and staking; plant labels and a pencil..........
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