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    moola is offline Sprouter
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    Default Lesson to oneself...Sowing seeds...do not...

    ... think that if you repeat the same mistakes you made last year that things will turn out differently. They don't. A darkly lit house will produce leggy unusable seedlings.

    DO get your act together. Get the leccy out to the greenhouse and do things properly.

    However DO NOT, get all excited and fill up numerous seed trays and then think that you will just remember what's what. You don't.

    DO NOT then convince yourself that you were just absent minded and DO THE SAME THING OVER AGAIN!!!! and be left with more trays full of stuff that you're not 100% sure what exactly it is 10 days later.

    After a rough start I now have a greenhouse that is filling up with healthy seedlings. The sweetcorn is looking more like sweetcorn but others...well - I guess I'll have to wait. I think there may be some surprises in store

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    But the great thing about growing your own is that you can get all excited and make mistakes. We've all done it and in the end it doesn't really matter. I do try to be organized but I'm not really that kind of person otherwise I might have been an accountant.

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    Been there. Done that. And i still slip up now and then. But i must admit, i'm doing it less and less each year LOL.
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    For a very small financial outlay you can purchase a pen with waterproof ink and small strips of white plastic. Then you can write the mame of the seed on to a strip of the plastic, and place it in the seed tray or pot
    This activity is called 'labelling' and is something you might consider

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoff View Post
    For a very small financial outlay you can purchase a pen with waterproof ink and small strips of white plastic. Then you can write the mame of the seed on to a strip of the plastic, and place it in the seed tray or pot
    This activity is called 'labelling' and is something you might consider
    reckon so !

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoff View Post
    For a very small financial outlay you can purchase a pen with waterproof ink and small strips of white plastic. Then you can write the name of the seed on to a strip of the plastic, and place it in the seed tray or pot
    This activity is called 'labelling' and is something you might consider
    A pencil works even better and is easier to change the next year, because you will obviously reuse the labels to save on landfill.
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    I sympathise as I am not naturally very organised, perhaps a little idle, and often my time is overstretched.

    All part of the rhythms of gardening .... Winter: wash greenhouse, pots, etc. (you can cut up old marge ice- cream tubs for labels) buy sharpie.horto-pencil....Spring, It's all ready there and waiting when you have a million things to do.

    One point that worries me however is the leccy. First why is your greenhouse badly sited...you shouldn't need extra light? if it is a heat issue...there are other heaters available. If it is just for propagators surely you can find a spot indoors.

    I have one greenhouse with power, insulation etc...It is a great convenience... but it is fairly well set up with a good cable on a support wire and decent sockets and switches that are nicely away from watering and condensation.(these days infact it is illegal to do external electrical work yourself)..... A half unwound extension lead through a window is just fraught with danger.
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    Isn't it a bit early for sweetcorn too?

    I'm holding back this year - but then I think I did that last year, and the year previous. Of course, you then run out of time to do anything.

    Where is that middle ground?
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