First sowings in 2021

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  1. NigelJ

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    So far chilli and tomato seed germinated and growing well along with some Viola "Bowles Black", Lupins. More interesting Dahlia campanulata, Iochroma fuchsoides and Fuchsia vulcanica have also germinated quickly.
     
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      At the moment I have Aeonium Greenovia, Crotalaria agatiflora, Sinningia magnifica, Musanga ceripioides, Asclepias tuberosa, Isoplexis canariensis, Protea compacta, Agave parryi, and Rhodochiton all germinated.

      Forgot Catharanthus roseus.
       
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        Well Pete I have been doing "proper" gardening for over 20 years now, and I only recognised one of them plants (rhodochiton):help: Back to the bottom of the class for me :heehee:
         
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          I just like to try things that are different, a couple I have grown before but most are a first time for me.
          Not sown it yet but even have seed of a high altitude Lobelia that is used to freezing most nights but brilliant sunshine everyday, that one will be a challenge.
           
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            What a great idea @JR
             
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              Great idea JR!
              I have a similar setup on my heated germination tray. I put a piece of acrylic plastic mirror behind the seed trays to maximise the light. The plastic mirror( I cut it in two pieces ) is only cheap and has lasted 5 years until now :blue thumb:

              Silver Acrylic Mirror Sheet Plastic Material Mirror Perspex Panel A4 A5 A6 More | eBay
               
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                Query; I wanted to start successionally sown lettuce and happily sowed a few seeds, only to realise once they popped up that they were my summer cabbage seeds instead, doh.

                Anyway, thought I'd let them carry on (I was planning to sow them next month at the earliest) so am now wondering if I can just keep 'em going.

                Main concern is when I can get them in the ground. I did Hispi cabbage in the ground last June so quite late. I have Extra Early Wight garlic overwintered that I was hoping to pull up and put down the cabbages, but won't be pulling that until May/June time. Do you think cabbages in pots will still be OK if they're already at first true leaf stage now? Or am I better to start later as intended.
                 
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                  I'd start again later and maybe use those seedlings for salads.
                   
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                    Ooh not a bad idea, baby cabbage might be quite nice. I think I'll keep them going unless I run out of space. When would you start for planting out early June?
                     
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                      My first greyhound summer cabbage seedlings just popped up yesterday and I'm gonna cosset them through in the greenhouse to plant out time in May by which time they should be bonny bushy plants.
                      I'll sow a second batch in the coming weeks.
                       
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                        These are Greyhound too! So you reckon a second sow in the next month might be OK then and these ones can carry along until June? I can put them out in pots, but don't know how well they transfer (then again, my last year ones though purchased were in pots and transferred when quite large).
                         
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                          They will transfer very well.
                          They like good firm planting so you can press down quite hard around the base.
                          Then give them a good puddle of water. I net over my rows to prevent the birds n butterflies from spoiling them. I like a pointed cabbage (and bubble n squeak) ;)
                           
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                            Thanks for the advice, I may keep going with them then. Pointed cabbage is one of my favourites to grow. Not only does it look rather impressive it's so tasty. I only grew 4 last year and I reckon I really have space for 8. During the summer we were eating homegrown cabbage once a week. Sautéed with salty butter is my preference.
                             
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