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    Default Winter lettuce and beans

    Ok, My third post and after lots of reading have decided that today I'm going to go and buy Some seeds to grow winter lettuce in my new polycarb greenhouse. And maybe some beans. I just can't wait till the spring. Need done activity in my new house. But help!!

    1. Do I put the seeds In small containers initially and do I need to replant in larger ones once established. It can they go straight in larger pots and stay there ?

    2. What compost is best ?

    Any other advise great appreciated.

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    Lettuce will crop over winter in a gh, but beans won't
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Most people on here will start things off in small pots Polycarb, and pot them on as necessary. With lettuce though, I'm pretty sure you could sprinkle your seed over the surface of a larger pot and just leave it to grow, picking some as baby leaves and leaving a few to grow to full size if you want to.

    Beans - you're a bit late with these for this year, unless you have some which specifically say you can plant until August? You could, however, sow some varieties of peas which would overwinter in your greenhouse and give you an early-ish harvest next year? Or you can grow them for pea shoots I believe - I've not done this yet, but I'm sure someone will tell you how big they need to be before you pick them etc. Shoots would give a winter crop I guess.

    There are other things you can still plant now if you want to, though they won't all crop this year... :

    spring onions
    spring cabbage
    carrots (check variety)
    kohl rabi
    autumn onion sets
    chard
    spinach (I'm using perpetual / winter spinach which was fab in my tunnel last year)
    lambs lettuce
    pak choi
    rocket
    mizuna and other oriental salads and greens

    So no need to leave it empty!
    Last edited by kathyd; 18-08-2013 at 08:56 AM.
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    Can't you start broad beans in October and leave them to overwinter?

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    ^^I do, but I grow them outside, you'll need someone with a tunnel to tell you if they grow inside
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    You can grow them to overwinter Spunky yes - and anything you can grow outside, you can also grow in a polytunnel. Just don't plant too early or they'll get ahead of themselves!

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