I agree about Greedy Nursery.com selling seedlings that are quite inappropriate for this time of year; BUT must differ about the heated propagator. I only bought one in February, wish I had bought it to get Aubergines and Peppers started off in January. I DO have a heated greenhouse (with just a frost buster type heater) and a conservatory that is unheated, but the boiler is in there. It , along with the g/h which is in it's 2nd year has revolutionised my gardening, am starting to understand far more about germination and ongoing cultivation.
I am not a beginner, but over the years have suffered so much disapointment from seeds not germinating through lack of heat, that I would recommend a heated propagator, mine does NOT have a thermostat, but gets switched off every morning (one could have it on a time switch) and any of the containers that show signs of growth; the ventilator gets opened.
In short, I am thrilled with my new toy
Artjac...........I think we need to differentiate between "heated" g/h and a "frost free" g/h......... a permanently heated g/h (hot water pipes via a boiler ) gives far more options but sadly these days is not an option for the average gardener. I enjoyed mine for several years....the range of stuff you can grow is quite staggering.
ph2, for the purposes of this discussion, a frost free g/h gives one the option of nurturing seedlings that have outgrown the heated propagator.
Artjac..........I take your point But new gardeners can't always differentiate between the two. Got carried away is my excuse
Ph2, I think that a great deal of 'new gardeners' are basically fairly practical, intelligent, (lovely) people; those who are basically impractical are always going to struggle a bit. And that is through no fault of their own; some people are simply born that way. ...and it's great to get carried away with gardening
I love my heated windowsill propagator - been using it for a good few years now and nearly everything germinates - whereas before it was hit and miss. Once seeds are up they get moved to another windowsill, with no heat, and grow on slowly but happily til the clocks go back, when they get pricked out and put in an unheated GH. I do it once the evenings are lighter, so that i can check on them (lids/fleece etc when frost is forecast) before and after work. Works for me .....
Artjac......I'd be really upset if anyone thought I was having a go at novice gardeners - that was the furthest from my thoughts. Everyone has to start somewhere.......there are plenty of subjects that I know B....r all about - perhaps it is just as an "oldie" sometimes I am surprised at some of the queries. But then I just cannot get my head around "Black Holes" and such like. I expect someone on this forum has the answer even if they can't sow a seed. and I would certainly be glad for someone to explain this to me in a language I can understand i.e.-very basic.
Having said that tho, I think as far as gardening is concerned, there is a lot of mis information/bad advice given by garden centres or so called experts or just simply "non information" which spoils the experience new gardeners can have.
What can I say other than "sorry ".........
Ph2, you have raised an interesting subject there I'm going to start a thread about the worst gardening 'old wives tales'
i've found using a heated propagator for streptocarpus cuttings much better than without, and it's a massive relief if i forget to sow seeds and need them to catch up with the rest.