Greenhouse seed sowing

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Greenhouse seed sowing
« on: March 02, 2011, 10:26 »
I live in the South of England and have a non heated greenhouse. What seeds do you think I can sow at the moment because I'me getting impatient? I've already sown spring onion, lettuce and Brussel sprouts. Is it ok to sow cherry tomatoes now? The back of the packets are abit vague.   

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 10:37 »
I'd hang fire a bit on the cherry toms, you really need to maintain a temp of about 10oC and that's once they're germinated.

I know that I'm a bit further north than you, but I'll probably be waiting 3-4 weeks before starting mine that go in the unheated greenhouse - and even then they'll be started indoors.

I won't be starting my Brussels just yet either as I've found in the past that those planted out too early tend to "blow" in the warmer weather.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 10:49 »
Thanks for the advice.

Also another question.

My wife wants us to go away for a long weekend in the height of summer but I'm worried the stuff in my greenhouse will die without water. I've never had a greenhouse before. How many days can stuff usually go without water in summer?

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 11:37 »
How many days can stuff usually go without water in summer?

If they are in pots / grow bags probably no more than one. If they are in the greenhouse border then probably 3 or 4 max (if "soaked" just before you go) - I normally water my greenhouse border every other day, or maybe every third day, in mid Summer.

Have you got automatic vents? otherwise you also need someone to open in the morning, and close at night.  Even with automatic vents, if the weather is very hot, there may be a need to open-the-door in the morning, and shut it at night.

Chat up a neighbour maybe? (with offers of bribes of fresh produce?!)

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 11:40 »
P.S. You could install an irrigation system. At the simplest they are a bag of water,a nd little tubes and drippers in each pot.  Depends on how big the bag is, and how many plants, of course :) but it would be sufficient for a weekend away - the vent & door opening/closing still needs considering though - in mid Summer there is probably no harm leaving everything open 24/7 - I usually leave a couple of vents (I have 8 vents total) open ajar during the Summer nights - the plants aren't going to freeze in July!

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 11:49 »
Thanks Kristen. I was looking into one of those systems which you attach to a tap. I'm just abit worried that considering you have to turn the tap on then the tube might come off and flood the place somehow when I'm not there. I'm abit of a worrier ha ha.

Yes there's nothing automatic in the greenhouse, just a main door. There's also a flap in the roof but I can't see an obviously way of keeping it open. I moved into the house last year and the greenhouse was already there.

"I won't be starting my Brussels just yet either as I've found in the past that those planted out too early tend to "blow" in the warmer weather." - I wasn't going to transfer the Brussels outside until May so would that make a difference?

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 11:59 »
This is the system i am seting up.
Full blue water barrel.
12V car window washer motor
12V timer.
Car battery wired up to motor and timer accordingly.
Pipes from the motor in the water butt then to the plants/pots in the greenhouse.
Set the timer to run the motor for 1 min at 02:00 in the morning.
The butt should last a couple of weeks just supplying enough to keep the plants going.


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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 12:51 »

Anyone know if something like this can be used from a waterbutt tap rather than the main tap?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hozelock-Aquapod-Greenhouse-Watering-Kit/dp/B000PC2BAK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1299070208&sr=1-2

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 15:15 »
Things like clockwork & battery water timers (that switch off the water flow after the prescribed time) can require a minimum water pressure - i.e. suitable for Mains, but not for water butts (I've forgotten why, but I think there is a spring that is held open by the water pressure, or pushes against the timer mechanism or somesuch) ... so many/most such things won't work with low pressure supply from a waterbutt (there is, or at least used to be, a timer that can be used with a waterbutt / low pressure supply - I think it was made by Gardena).

This is the system i am seting up.
Full blue water barrel.
12V car window washer motor
12V timer.
Car battery wired up to motor and timer accordingly.
Pipes from the motor in the water butt then to the plants/pots in the greenhouse.
Set the timer to run the motor for 1 min at 02:00 in the morning.
The butt should last a couple of weeks just supplying enough to keep the plants going.

Can the gravity pressure from a water butt be used? or does it need a pump? There is a 2' or maybe 3' drop from the gutter to my water butt ... I could put some more breeze blocks under it to provide more head, and the butt itself is a couple of feet tall. But I dunno if that would actually create enough flow for some drippers or similar?

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 15:22 »
This kind of thing

http://www.primrose-london.co.uk/big-drippa-watering-kit-p-6348.html?source=googlebase

works from gravity, swap the bag for a butt if you could get the fittings  :unsure:
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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 15:23 »
That would probably work, the dripper units that you can buy work from a bag suspended about 3ft above ground level.
The reason i am fitting a motor is so that it will only run when i want it to rather than all the time.
The butt holds 45gal's of water and if it was running constantly through drippers it may fall short of the 2 weeks that i need!
Where as if i set the flow for a specific time peiod i can control the amount being used to ensure the supply lasts the required amount of time.
45gal's may not be enough for 2 weeks so i may have to link two barrels to get the volume i need.

Trial and no doubt alot of error  ::)

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2011, 17:06 »
Battery operated timer, plus gravity, might do you instead of a pump? (Assuming you can find one that works at low pressure :) )

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2011, 20:20 »
How about planting a few leeks now?

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Re: Greenhouse seed sowing
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2011, 10:16 »
Yes I read that it's fine to plant leeks now. Although I'm going to leave mine till next week because it's supposed to be quite cold this weekend and I doubt leaving it a week will make any difference.



 

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