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I am wanting to start sowing seeds for my allotment the instructions tell me to sow direct into the ground in march the problem I will have the bed are not ready and will not be for another 2/3 weeks due to work commitments but I will have chance to sow at home into cell seeds trays 3 inch pots and store on my decking outside and transplant later will this cause any problems the following I want to sow.

Kale Italian black



Don't worry, the soil is still cold and the seeds will not germinate readily. You could sow the peas in cells if you wanted. When you sow in April, then the plants will grow quicker without a check in growth. The beetroot seeds definately need some warmth anyway.

22 Mar, 2012


Don't know where Jimmy lives but here in Moray it is certainly warm enough to sow seed. You can start off everything but your beetroot and carrots in cells to give a head start, try some broad beans and climbing beans too.

Just remember that your carrots and beetroot need a soil that has not had compost or manure dug into it.

22 Mar, 2012


Globe beetroot can be grown in cells.

22 Mar, 2012


Once heard a gardening programme that suggested sowing early peas in half pipes or pieces of guttering. The theory was that when they were growing, and presumably the compost held together by the roots, you dig a little trench and slide the whole lot out into it. Might be fun to try it with a few to see how you get on. But West Yorkshire is usually a bit chilly so no need to worry about sowing a bit later.

22 Mar, 2012


I've read of that idea too Steragram but haven't tried it myself

23 Mar, 2012


I think if I tried it the whole thing would disintegrate when I tried to tip it out but it obviously works for some people!

23 Mar, 2012


Yes some serious veggie growers for showing seem to use that method, like you I'd worry it would all fall to pieces!

24 Mar, 2012

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