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As some of you may have gathered this year is my first growing vegetables.
I built a raised bed last weekend and it is currently sat waiting to be used!
I have decided to fill it with Spring Onions & Leeks, the seedlings of which are in my GH, I was wondering whether it was time to start hardening them off and planting them out or whether I should keep them inside for longer? I live in East Yorkshire so I don't know whether the weather has a play in planting time, my garden also seems to catch a lot of strong wind!

I also have some Beetroot and Radish seeds, I was going to sow the beetroot inside the GH first but what about the Radishes?
I also have some carrot seeds that I am planning on sowing directly into the bed but haven't done so yet as I am being a bit too indecisive about where to position everything!

Any advice from anyone would be highly appreciated, atm I am currently in limbo not sure where to start! lol
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           My Spring Onion Seedlings and a tray containing 2 leeks and 2 lettuces.


                The Raised bed measures 60cm deep x 120cm x 180cm






  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174

    Sow beetroot and radishes direct into the bed.   Carrots too. 

    Harden the lettuce off and plant them into the bed and I'd do the same with the spring onions.  

    Not being a leek grower I'll stay quiet about them. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Can you recommend the best way to sow them?

    Such as do I need to form some drills to sow them into or just poke them into the soil? Im not too great at explaining lol


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174

    Watch the video re sowing carrots on this link 

    The same technique can be used for many other seeds - just follow the instructions on the packet for depth and distance apart.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you Dovefromabove image

  • Best to keep growing the leeks on until they are the size of a pencil. Then make a deep hole about 2 inches wide and put them in. Don't back-fill the soil, just firm them in and leave the hole empty. That way you can water them well and they will thicken and mature in the whole. With your little bed, you can plant quite close together in a block scheme. I also grow leeks in a 3 ft long container but you do have to water a lot.

    In terms of your other veg, I wouldn't bother with carrots unless you are mad about them - they take 15 weeks to grow so will use up a lot of your bed. Quick salad crops are more enjoyable as you get plenty to eat within a few weeks of sowing.

    Happy gardening.

  • Thanks for the tips image

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