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    Quote Originally Posted by greenishfing View Post
    I always have a seedbed for my brassicas. I usually grow 4 or 5 different sorts of cauliflowers (to give me caulis throughout most of the year) as well as kale, 2 types of PSB, cabbage and sprouts. I find sowing them outdoors gives me stronger plants with a strong root system when ready to transplant and if the local flying rats (pigeons) are being viscious I can easily net the whole bed. Once they reach planting out size the pigeons seem to leave them alone.
    I planted some cauliflower seed in pots today (an all year rounder and a romanesco). I guess it's better to pop that outside then? The pots are on my windowsill right now, indoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessafly View Post
    . A few guys are happily growing on the windowsill, but some seeds suggest "planting into a well prepared seed bed" (cauliflower, for example).
    Greenhouses are usually too warm for the brassicas, causing them to grow leggy and weak
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    The only brassicas I sow in the house are sprouts and that's because they're the first ones I sow and it's usually very cold outside. As soon as they are properly through they move out to the cold greenhouse. The next ones I sow in the greenhouse but by now they're usually in a covered frame outside that is open on one side so never gets too hot but they get a bit of shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    The only brassicas I sow in the house are sprouts and that's because they're the first ones I sow and it's usually very cold outside. As soon as they are properly through they move out to the cold greenhouse. The next ones I sow in the greenhouse but by now they're usually in a covered frame outside that is open on one side so never gets too hot but they get a bit of shelter.
    Have you started caulies yet? It is still quite cold here (can be sunny, doesn't get over 12-13 degrees, seems frost free at night).

    My greenhouse gets boiling hot during the day....

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