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February 17, 2012

Start Your Spring Veg Early

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Start Your Spring Veg Early – a guest post by Hazel Rycroft

There are several reasons why you should start your spring vegetables from seeds in the next few weeks; by rearing young plants inside you can start ahead of the season and take advantage of a narrow, but sunny window of opportunity. Seedlings and young plants are incredibly vulnerable and even the slightest touch of frost can destroy them completely, so by protecting them during the early spring you can significantly increase their chances of survival.

Here is a quick and easy guide to get your vegetables off to a great start:
Planting:
First of all you need to buy your seeds. As you are starting early, and can control the temperature, you have the choice of a wide variety of different types of vegetables from around the world.
Once you have decided on your chosen crop you need to get out your planters, get your soil nice and moist (I recommend seed growing mix), and set to work. After you have filled all your little pots you can bury your seeds in the soil. Aim to push them down into the earth at least three times the length of the seed.
After putting them in direct sunlight, and watering them every day, all you have to do is wait for your seeds to sprout.

Hardening:
Many people put their plants straight outside once they have grown a bit bigger, but you need to harden them first. Your plants have had a very cushy life so far, and the shock of being dumped in the garden can see them off. You need to get them used to their new life before you send them into the cold. Here is a timetable for hardening off your budding vegetables.

Day

Shade

Sun

1

2-4 hours on a nice day

 

2-5

2-4 hours

One hour

6-7

2-4 hours

2-4 hours

8-10

2 hours

6 hours

11-12

 

8 hours

13-14

all day and all night

all day and all night

Once you have planted your veg, you can look forward to a summer of great veg. Happy gardening!

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