Hungry gap sowing

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Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288663 Odsox
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:30 pm

I must stress before I start that I'm talking about my polytunnel, as Flo would quickly point out it's far too early to sow seed outdoors.
But, I checked the soil temperature in the tunnel today and it's a very nice 10 C about 2" down.
Coupled with my now extensive garden diaries I can see that I sow the same seeds at roughly the same time every year, and this year will be no different.
So today I sowed a pinch of cauliflower and calabrese in pots and started up the heated propagator, also sowed a pinch of Winter Gem lettuce, and in the tunnel I sowed a row of Deuce Provence peas.

Unless we have really, really bad winter (a la 1963) then I should have broccoli heads for cutting about the first week of April, cauliflowers from early May (although I should have some over-wintering ones before that) and peas in mid-May.
As well as lettuces and spring cabbage in March from the greenhouse hydro.
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288665 Flo
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:54 pm

Flo won't even be testing the soil on her allotment in the proper gardener's fashion (bare bum to soil) at present as it's about frozen at the moment.

Couple of weeks back the local vegetable growing cooperative recorded -4.5 degrees c in the poly tunnel that had the paraffin heater on a low setting in it. The grower there was not amused. And yes he does have over wintering stuff in his poly tunnels!

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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288667 bonniethomas06
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:46 am

Jealous! V. Jealous. The soil outside was like concrete this morning, frozen absolutely solid.

Although it's got me thinking, I do have a small border in the greenhouse... depends on how long the chooks need it because of this avian flu business...
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288668 Green Aura
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:12 am

I'm afraid my hungry gap efforts mainly run to sprouting seeds on my windowsill for salads. The temperatures aren't bad here but the light levels are. However that might alter if this hydroponic malarkey takes off (although I don't think we'll be able to sustain ourselves for long with one, 3 pod, unit)!
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288670 Odsox
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:43 am

I'm surprised you haven't experimented with grow lights, like this for instance. 2 watts for 12 hours a day for a spot plant or seedlings wouldn't cost too much.
I have a strip light version over my windowsill type propagator and it works wonders for non-leggy seedlings.
Just a thought.

Disclaimer, I have never used an LED one ... yet.
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288673 Green Aura
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:45 pm

I know, Ted kept trying to convince to install gro-lights in the polytunnel but it all seemed a bit complicated. Maybe, now himself is seeing how well this unit is doing we might progress.
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #288686 becks77
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:54 pm

He he bare bum to soil, not heard that one before, don't think my neighbours would approve
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Re: Hungry gap sowing

Post: #289400 Flo
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:41 pm

Cor blimey - oldest soil temperature check for is it warm enough to sow? Well if you wouldn't sit on soil why should the poor little seeds with no clothes on grow? :mrgreen:


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