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It's been my experience that leggy seedling growth is more due to too warm temperatures vs. too little light...if you move them to a cooler spot (a drafty window with sun) you may have better luck...


  • well i've just got my 4th batch of tomatoes in

    my first batch has got brilliant groth
  • Where do you keep your tomatoe seedlings?
  • I always think of chillies as being one of the hardest things to grow...I think this may say more about our relative levels of competance than anything about chillies. *resolves* will try harder to make growing chillies easier
  • as a professional, we never sow too early..... there is plenty of time yet, plants don't do well when sown only in less ideal conditions (colder, shorter days etc), getting constantly checked... They quickly catch up and excel earlier sown plants if you do them right later on.... remember we had frosts in to May last year..... sowing now, I would expect to harvest then in good conditions!
  • Just look at Thanet Earth, and how they grow food there, it is an amazing place.

    So good luck with your "SAD" lamp for plants.
  • I went to a dayschool on sowing seed and received a comprehensive list of when is the best time to sow in Bristol and the only suggestion for sowing from mid-Jan. onwards were Bergenia semperflorence, Canna,Gazania and Sweet Pea. The earliest veg. was mid-late Feb. for broad bean, early cultivars of sprouts, ditto cabbage, calabrese,cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas(early cultivars) But I already have well-grown lettuce which I sowed in the conservatory before Xmas and basil seedlings. It's fun to try and seed is not too expensive 'tho my friend has just spent £150 on seeds for her allotment! Aubergine,pepper,tomato all need heated glasshouse in mid-late Feb. in Bristol. Good luck for a great crop, Kate.
  • Iknow Asparagus are not seeds but i would like some advice please, i saw an advert in G.W.magazine with Asparacus in bags and wondered if one really could grow them in them hope someone can help me. Thanks
  • Mark D - Perhaps you grow more fancy chilli varieties? Try growing 'Cayenne', and avoid growing them in a greenhouse as they're likely to attract red spider mite etc. A large pot and a sunny windowsill and you're laughing.

    Gardening Express - I agree that many plants sown too early are less likely to thrive, and certainly plants sown in March will catch up quickly, given better conditions. However I always think it's worth taking the risk of sowing a small amount early on as you never know what the weather will be like. There was no frost where I live last May - just scorching weather, whereas the weather in July and August was miserable. Consequently the tomatoes I sowed in January cropped a lot better than those I sowed in April. Many hardy annuals can be sown now and also indoor-raised members of the solanum family - especially aubergines, which require a long growing season - should be grown early as otherwise summer is over before they have come into flower. I wouldn't advise growing courgettes or pumpkins now, as they will be growing inside for a good three months before they can be planted out, but broad beans are hardy enough and will pretty much grow through anything (in my experience!). As Happymarion says, it's fun to try and not too expensive. What's the worst that could happen?

    ChrisG - You could grow asparagus in bags, but they're a perennial crop so they're better growing in the ground, as the nutrients in the bags' compost will deplete and the compost will need to be changed regularly. Here's a how-to project on planting asparagus crowns, the same method could be applied to growing in bags but it's easier to just choose a permanent spot for them in the ground. Hope this helps.

  • Thanks Kate it was helpfull i will have to find a spot for it or not bother growing them.
  • I think it's worth trying to get a few tomato and pepper plants started now indoors. Seeds are not too dear really and if they thrive you've got some well established plants early in the season. If not there's plenty of time and lots of seeds still in the packet!
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