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AshdaleAshdale Posts: 149

Morning all, I have been holding back and not sowing any seeds yet (apart from cup and saucer, and chillies which I've owned up to cos they need a long season).  Is it time?  can we safely start anything off under cover?  I might have to start today.  Are a few early sweet peas okay?  anyone been brave and started already? 



  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402

    Will probably start next weekend, or the one afterimage

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I broke ages ago Ashdale. Weak weak weak (but happy)! 

  • I start sweetpeas and snapdragons in the house in Jan and I find I can keep them manageable but I do keep them in cold, light rooms - the porch and conservatory. I also started some perennials off early as I want them to flower this year.

    I won't start the Feb list for another week or so thoughimage

    Wearside, England.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Started my sweet peas in the Autumn and overwintered them in a cold greenhouse, they are looking really good at the moment (thanks for all the advice David). Also started Briza Media and L.Beaujoulais (spelling) which have done OK but not fabulous in the greenhouse over winter.

    I'm not going to start sowing for a week or two as I don't want the seedlings to get too leggy.  So at the moment I'm feeding my addiction by looking at plant porn on the internet and tidying the garden.  My wish list is huge.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Im holding back this year as I have found in previous years later sowings do much better.

    I'm working on the principal of light, anything under 11 hours of daylight doesnt seem enough, it creeps over that quickly at the beginning of March

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,824

    I'm doing the same as Mattbeer.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I do the same as Matt and Lizzie, I feel so sorry for people that sow early then come on and ask why their seedlinds are leggy, damping off, or just plain dying.

    Spend the time reading up on what you want to grow, take the mid planting directions, so if the packet says Jan to April go for March. You will get much stronger plants, they wont be leggy. Plan where you will plant them, heights spread etc. 

    I have just sown my tomato seeds, but wouldnt recommend it to anyone. I have the conditions to keep them and they are never grown outside.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    I have only sowed my chillies so far. They're doing pretty well. I'll probably sow one or two things next week.

    But I'm gutted about my sweet peas and poppies that I sowed in autumn. We've had several weeks of constantly below freezing, so even in the cold frame they have been blocks of ice for far too long. I don't think they're going to make it.

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Only aquilegias and primula vulgaris sown so far, will wait until March for anything else.

  • Done a few bits of seed sowing could not wait any longer sowed cauliflower seeds and flowers on the 3rd Feb lots to sow this year

    Hampshire Gardener
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