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« on: March 15, 2006, 13:42 »
Hi All,
Second posting on this forum and have found it really useful. Anyway i'll get to the point.

I have several packets of seed that are due for sowing now (leek, purple early sprouting broccoli and carrots) my plot is still very wet and I am concerned about the seeds rotting if i do plant them now.

Does anyone have any tips for starting these off in the greenhouse, particularly the leeks, Should I start them in a deep bucket and transfer them to the plot when they are roughly pencil diameter?
Thanks
Shane

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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006, 17:53 »
One of my books, Mathew Biggs's Complete Book of Vegetables, says to sow under protection (cloches/fleece) or you can grow leeks in a cool greenhouse in trays/pots/modules of seed compost. Pot on the seedlings spacing them 2 inches apart when 2 true leaves are prduced or when they begin to bend over. Harden off before planting out in late spring. "Although all varieties are suitable, later sowings of mid-season and later types are particularly successful in seedbeds." Also says to warm the soil before planting out, using black plastic or cloches.
For broccoli, it says to sow in situ from mid to late spring so maybe you can hold off on planting those seeds until the weather improves where you are? It does mention sowing in seed trays but only for early spring crops and to do so in late summer/early autumn.
Carrots I think you just have to wait with too. You can't transplant them; same goes for most root vegetables.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006, 18:12 »
Thanks for the info.
Shane

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006, 14:01 »
It appears to be snowing here so my plans for sowing this afternoon, while I wait in for a gas engineer, look dashed. I'm banking on everything catching up when the weather improves a bit. I'm glad I put some fleece on one of my beds - only peas in there so far but I want to put onion sets in as soon as work and the weather permits.
Self-sufficient in rasberries and bindweed. Slug pellets can be handy.



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