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Seed starting - what are you planning for 2023?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526
    The only thing I normally sow at this time of year are Onions. I like Mammoth from robinson.  Usual garden centre had all Robinsons  other veg but no Onions.  Second garden centre said they were only available online. I am already late because ill over last three weeks. I ended up with some Johnsons exhibition.  I had kelsae last year but not over impressed.
  • bédébédé Posts: 1,730
    edited 12 January
    sarahaway said: I have some hosta ventricosa 

    I have been very successful with Hosta venticosa from self-saved seed.  They come true, and flower in 3 years.

    Other hostas germinate well but don't come true.  I have a range of sieboldina types and blue-grey mid-sized ones starting from "June"..
      location: Surrey Hills, England, cretaceous acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • @Skandi temperatures are about the same here, but we have a little more daylight right now.  On June 22, we'll have a little less than you.  I'm waiting to see how much my electric bill will go up with two lights running 14hrs/day, but they're the newer LEDs and aren't supposed to cost too much.  The trade-off is that I don't ever turn on lights in my house other than those, but I have a small, open floor plan so it works well.

    I'm excited to see that a few of the prairie coneflower seeds I planted have sprouted, and one Gerber daisy.  At least I know I can sow these again in good numbers when the time is right.  The other day I discovered a Virgin's Bower vine along the roadside, so I collected some seed from that and am going to try planting one or two to see if I get anything.

    New England, USA
    Metacomet soil with hints of Woodbridge and Pillsbury
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,036
    I've just sown some Lotus hirsutus and Sambucus ebulus seeds. Not sure whether they need stratification or not but if I sow them now and try and forget about them, it will be a nice surprise if they do come up in Spring. And require very little input from me.
  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 868
    I've got some cactus seeds on the way, so will have a go at growing them this year. Half now with heat and light, and the rest around March April on the windowsill.
    Sunny Dundee
  • *Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 264
    I’m going to try cosmos again this year last year I grew them from seed they developed into lovely little plants, I put them outside and almost over night they were eaten  :(. I have a couple of packets but one says sow January and the other March so I’m not quite sure when to sow? I think I may have started them too early last year as they got very leggy, maybe not enough light in January ?  What do you all think?
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 596
    I've never heard of squirrel grass and had to look it up - I love it!  You'll have to post photos of it as it grows. :)

    I have to be careful, because we can't usually plant out until the last week of May and I don't have a greenhouse.  I tend to get things going much too early and end up with ridiculously leggy plants by the time it's safe for them to go out.

    You and I both! I am determined to be patient this year. 
  • NormandyLizNormandyLiz Posts: 190
    I have loads of seeds just arrived, waiting for spring. I don't have anything more then little polytunnels so can't be too impatient (that's the hard part, or one of them).

    There are a few flowers and grasses but mostly veg, and I'm taking a punt on some unusual ones - walking stick cabbage, celtuce and kiwano (a fruit, not a veg), and then some different varieties as I'm also looking at appearance for the mixed beds, so white cucumber, kale and radiccio; purple beans; different coloured kohlrabi.

    I'm not very experienced with seeds but what I did try last year worked fairly well, although I started so late some crops were limited. I only decided to go back to growing veggies in June and didn't have the a bed to put anything in till July, middle of a drought, so I'm surprised anything edible appeared, but it did so it's spurred me on. Fingers crossed!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,143
    Definitely wait @*Astrantia*. Light is abig factor for all sorts of plants, and it's certainly too early here, and then creates more problems  :)
    If I grow cosmos, I also don't sow direct. It rarely works here, so little pots and plant out clumps instead. Not grown it for a while though.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • *Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 264
    Thanks Fairygirl I’ll go with the March sowing! I did them in little pots last year, well started in seed trays then potted on. I might have to resort to slug prevention. 

    Groups is a great idea! I planted them individually and they did look a bit odd! I don’t have much border area to plant so I put most in pots they didn’t do too well either but I think that was more down to the hot summer & me trying to be so careful with water as we all were, hard to remember that now after all the rain we’ve had recently!
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