Germination and soil temperature

This is 201 today. Looks okay, doesn’t it? Himself’s bean frame looks very perky, I think.

I’ve just popped up to the plot in my lunch break and been deeply disappointed. I wasn’t expecting any parsnip seed to have germinated, nor any carrots or beetroot (well, maybe I was a bit hopeful on the carrot and beetroot front) but I was genuinely pretty confident that the radishes would be on their way. They are not. All these seeds are going into raised beds, which have been covered by glass for a week or ten days before planting, to get the soil warmed up a bit. And maybe six days is too soon for even radish, but I shall be really peeved if the first of them isn’t up by the end of the weekend!

By and large, it’s said to be better to sow a little bit late than a little bit early because if the soil temperature is too low for the seeds you’re sowing it will rot before it germinates.

For the first time I can remember, I’ve had seeds rot in the greenhouse, and it seems I am not alone, Gill at My Tiny Plot has had exactly the same problem. So fingers crossed that my outdoor sowings will work better than my greenhouse ones.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, March 26, 2010

4 Comments:

Anonymous allotments4you said...

I have just planted my seeds and now I'm getting worried. I will keep my fingers crossed that yours all come through fine...and mine too. Incidentally My mum lives just up the road and sowed hers in the green house. They were slow to germinate but have started arriving so don't worry too much yet!!

March 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Damo said...

don't worry they'll come good, I'm still waiting for carrots to come through.

March 27, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I haven't sown anything direct as yet, but those in the greenhouse are germinating ok.

March 28, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, Damo and Jo - the radishes were bursting through the soil yesterday and one of the parsnips has actually germinated - just in time for the icy wind and hail that arrived last night ... sigh.

March 31, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

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