Newbie sowing question


My husband and I finished our veg raised bed garden and we already planted onions and garlic. My question is when can we plant beetroot seeds, carrot seeds, spinach and Swiss chard seeds out in the beds and cover them with a piece of scaffolding netting. Will that be enough to get them started? Would the netting class as "under cover"?

Also so my broad beans are in the cold greenhouse about 15 cm tall can I plant them out in the raised beds This weekend? Do I need to cover them? 

We live in Lincolnshire.

thank you for your advice in advance. 




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,461

    Scaffolding netting will keep pigeons off but nothing else.

    Micromesh will keep butterflies off from laying eggs.

    Fleece will keep carrot fly off.

    You can plant any of the seeds from now, provided your soil is not too wet.

    Broad beans should be hardened off by leaving them in a sheltered spot each day out of the greenhouse, in at night if frost threatens.  After a week of hardening off, plant in ground.


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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,642

    No big rush though, if March is cold I often don't start sowing beetroot etc. until April.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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