LUCY CHAM­BER­LAIN’S FRUIT AND VEG

Win­dowsill veg, sow­ing broad beans, mak­ing a cold frame

Amateur Gardening - - News -

Tap wa­ter in win­ter can be an in­cred­i­bly chilly 2°C (36°F). Let it stand for at least an hour in­doors be­fore us­ing it to wa­ter your plants.

Ex­cess heat (above 22°C/72°F) will com­pound the ef­fect of any in­suf­fi­cient mul­ti­di­rec­tional light, so turn your ther­mo­stat down!

Di­rect sun­light in Jan­uary isn’t strong, but by March it will be hot enough to fry seedlings in win­dowsill prop­a­ga­tors, so add shade net­ting.

Don’t re­peat­edly use wa­ter from soft­en­ing units, as it con­tains sodium.

Al­ter­nate with rain­wa­ter, cold boiled wa­ter and wa­ter from de­hu­mid­i­fiers. seedlings re­sult. Plac­ing a length of white card or smooth alu­minium foil be­hind your win­dowsill plants will re­flect it, trick­ing them into think­ing the light is com­ing from in­doors, too.

I’m fir­ing up a win­dowsill prop­a­ga­tor ready to sow chilli pep­pers

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