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Windowsills as a substitute for a greenhouse

Ignorant newbie question alert!

Gardening experts sometimes write that if one doesn't have a greenhouse, a windowsill is a suitable substitute for starting e.g. cut and come again salad leaves etc.

Well, I don't have a greenhouse - not yet, anyway - but I do have quite a few windowsills. I'd love some advice on which aspect is best (is south-facing too hot? is north-facing too dark?) and also any insights on how to make this work.


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Cut & come again salad leaves can be sewn in planters outside and will germinate now. My 2nd lot are well on their way.

  • Thanks for the helpful reply, KEF.

    My first lot this spring were eaten by rabbits. My second lot, in a raised container outside, were eaten by ... something, possibly deer.

    Hence - in part - my interest in windowsills. It is also a more general question, about what I should have done earlier this spring - I started some trays of seed in a south-facing window but am pretty sure it was too hot.


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