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Marg48Marg48 Posts: 24

new to computers so bare with me if i make mistakes. can i grow herbs from seed now in an unheated greenhouse? I'm in north west area. many thanks



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,845

    Most of our herbs come from warmer climes so I'd leave it a while. More likely to rot than germinate

  • Marg48Marg48 Posts: 24

    many thanks for your help.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    How about start them off on windowsill in the house, that's how I start all mine and I'm up near Scottish border.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,356

    I think it's a bit early. When I start seeds early and put them on a windowsill they go a bit long and leggy, trying to reach the light. Then what do you do with them if it's still too cold for an unheated greenhouse?

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • It depends what you are looking to grow herb wise. Is it traditional herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley etc or more of your uncommon ones?

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    I have to rely on house windowsills to start all mine off. I do basil, parsley and sage. I have tried the wait and greenhouse approach but means May before I'm getting going , last year I did the inside the house method and they worked great, potted them on and had them in trays inside the house until warmer weather. I don't have a large greenhouse or heated being a novice and although only 40minutes from my mum my garden is a month behind her all year round.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,356

    Hello Bunny, if it works for you then I think I don't have enough window sills in the right places. Houses in France have windows that open inwards (easier to clean), but they often don't have indoor window sills and mine are mostly north and west facing. I've tried putting aluminium foil on one side of the inside of the propagater but it didn't really work.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    I have a lot of windows Busy Lizzie (big house) and only me and OH in it so I take over when I can....some are southfacing , rest west and east so I move them around the house (dormer bungalow) .

    I'd swap any day for your life in France and forget the herbs !!!! image))
  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013
    I always leave the sowing of my Basil's until the end of April - they grow better when it is a bit warmer

    Pam LL x
  • I'm also in the northwest, (Lancs) I've had limited success with herbs, up until this year I've never had a greenhouse, technically I still don't..... it's still waiting to go up! I've tried growing on window sills all round the house and also waiting until later in the year and and just sowing straight out.

    Tarrogon went well, as did Corriander, chives and parsley.

    Thyme, Rosemary and sage where bought as small pot plants and went into large containers... doing well thanks!

    However Basil not so clever! although it might have been a bit too soggy this year...

    Borage did well and the camomile is quite happy, and I swear by lavender wherever you are, it's such a roughty toughty!

    I do plan to use the greenhouse this year though. I've found the temp and conditions in our house aren't great for garden plants,

    Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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