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    I want to start some veg seeds early on, but dont have a greenhouse, or warm windowsill (dont do central heating so our house is roughly fridge temp overnight)
    What i do have is plenty of fresh and one year old muckheap. Horse/chicken/rabbit/vegetation/shavings.

    If I half fill tubs with this (and which would be best) then several inches of compost will the newly turned compost generate enough heat for seedlings for a week or two. Theyd be in a sheltered place, with clear plastic loosely laid over to keep heat in, snow etc out.
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    Depends what you are wanting to grow Hilly. If you are planning on Chillies or even tomatoes, no way although the Victorians built hot beds of manure in glass houses to grow all sorts, but they were big and produced lots of heat as the manure decayed. Beans, onions, lettuces etc. should be fine epecially with manure. But if it's going to be in the house, I hope it is past the pongy stage.
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    Without being sarcastic what is the point i live in the midlands which is a tad warmer than your part of the world .
    I have a greenhouse and a large home made Propogator but i do not sow any seeds until the spring equinox 20 .03. 10 this year and make the most use of the extra daylight the most important part of the growing season hope this helps....jacob
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    Jacob,I thoroughly agree with you.
    Getting the seeds to germinate is only the beginning. You then need to make sure they stay at roughly the same temperature, and with the weather being so cold this winter you will have your work cut out.
    The next thing is the light levels. If your seedlings do not get enough proper day light they will not thrive. As the days are so short that is a problem to start with, but if you get a spell of weather where the sky is grey you are only wasting your time, effort and money.
    Far better to wait a month or 6 weeks when the days are longer and the temp is a bit higher and the seedlings will flourish without having such a stressful start.
    Hope you don't take this as a criticism, as I was only trying to be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramble View Post
    Getting the seeds to germinate is only the beginning
    Yep, and you need somewhere to keep all the growing plants until they go outside after the winter.
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    Strange. I'd better put weed killer on my Senshyu onions that are outside (and fine) my broad beans (ditto) my shallots and my latest batch of pak choi plus a few other things, all of which are OK. All of which were germinated indoors and are now planted out and looking fine. My old dad used to say, back in the forties and fifties, that you couldn't grow anything in winter, he was a gardener of the Victorian school. Is my garden full of Scotch mist?
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    Okay that is fine try it with a early sowing of Peas and carrots and i would think radishs would stuggle but the other stuff good luck with i have onions and garlic growing well but there is a time and place for everything ..jacob
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    What i was trying to say but not very well is that in about 6or7 weeks time there will pictures of tall spindly seedlings that grapes have sowed early and the weather is to cold and they want to know can they be saved .
    It happens every year and it is a shame a waste of seeds and compost i hope that explains it better..jacob
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