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Confused by seeds!

katvetkatvet Posts: 45
I subscribed to Gardener's World magazine in an attempt to learn how to look after my garden (very movie gardener so feel free to laugh at my questions!). There's a Flower Year Planner in Feb's issue detailing when to sow etc. I am confused by sowing undercover - is the assumption that I have a heated propagater, or will just being in an unheated greenhouse do the job?!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    It's hard to write an article that covers all aspects of seed growing. Name your seeds and someone here will tell you when to do whatimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    I have always presumed that 'undercover' means in a greenhouse, poly tunnel or on a windowsill.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541

    I'd say "undercover" just means not open to the elements, as Mel says, a windowsill is usually fine.

  • katvetkatvet Posts: 45

    I've got the following seeds:

    - Marigold - I want to grow these in the greenhouse in an effort to keep bugs away from my tomatoes!

    - Delphinium

    - Cleomes

    - Petunia

    - Zinnia

    - some common Mallow I got free with my other seeds, and the free Cosmos and Sweet Peas from Gardener's World image

    - some mixed Sweetcorn my husband wanted to try!

    - plus some seeds I collected from my garden last year - poppies (last year I just sprinkled these on the soil and they did fine), left over Aquelegia, Nigella, and tomato (I had a couple of varieties of cherry tomato last year so no idea what these seeds will be like)

    Most of the packets say to sow at 20-30oC so I wonder if indoors would be better as my greenhouse is unheated and I don't have a heated propagator. I don't have any radiators near my windowsills though! I got seed trays and cells, but only a couple of these have covers, I'm never sure whether to put a lid/plastic bag over the seeds. I live in South West so fairly mild weather, getting the freezing the odd night at the moment, but very wet. 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    Aquilegias seem to germinate whatever you do but I give them a cold spell, also delphiniums, same family.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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