Getting Started

  • Getting Started

  • M M

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread where we can collate tips and links to resources about how to get started from scratch.

  • Mel Dixon

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Great idea. Is there anything that can be planted at this time of year?

  • Emma Pickup

    Organizer
    January 15, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The seeds to be growing in February are things like: Aubergine, Onions, Tomatoes, Califlower, Green beans, Cabbage, Chilli, Cress, Strawberries and Beatroots. (Obviously check on the seed packet at their recommendations)

    I hope this helps 😊

    • Mel Dixon

      Member
      January 15, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Emma! I’ll give one or two of these a go…

  • Freewayspirit Roadtrippin

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Oh my word I need your help 🤦‍♀️. I went on a One Planet Development weekend and was so inspired. But… I have not got a green finger on my body, I’m a disaster where plants are concerned so I’m looking forward to some tips for a) planting and b) keeping the darned things alive 😃xx

  • Foxy Foxy

    Member
    January 17, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Hi everyone, hope you are all doing ok today x

    In january I sow aubergine, sweet peppers and chilli in a heated propagator or on a warm windowsill. The ‘heat lovers’ needs to be started early here in the UK so there is time for the plants to grow, establish and fruit in our season.

    I also sow an early round of broadbeans and start off sweet peas (flowers).

    Swizz chard, spinach, coriander, lettuce and parsley can all be sown now in trays of compost or modules, but I wouldn’t sow anything outside just yet… unless you have a polytunnel, then you can start now, with beetroots, fennel, carrots.

    I personally raise most of my plants in my polytunnel and then plant out in the garden once the soil have warmed up a bit.

    • Johari O’Neill

      Member
      January 18, 2021 at 2:35 am

      Thanls for the reminder re aubergines and peppers. Knew there was something I needed to do. 😁

  • Johari O’Neill

    Member
    January 18, 2021 at 2:44 am

    February is the time for ordering and chitting potatoes. I also look at getting the garlic out at this time of year as they need cold to kick-start germination. Alternatively, you can put the cloves in the freezer for a few days before planting.

    Bit early as yet perhaps but, when pepping your beds, if you have nettles don’t throw them away. The fresh tips can be used to make a refreshing beer (very quick and easy to make) and the rest can be ‘brewed’ into a nourishing tea for your veggies (or for yourself 😁).

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