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When can seedlings be moved outdoors?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: When can seedlings be moved outdoors? Reply with quote

I have some globe artichokes started from seed indoors,in pots of compost ,on a windowsill in a coolish room. They have 4 to 6 leaves and are about 6 inches tall. However on some of them the smaller leaves near the base are beginning to wilt. I think I am watering them sufficiently.Could they be running out of food?Should I try moving them to bigger pots or plant them outside, or is it too cold. ( I have a plastic cloche).I have coriander started the same way and it is fine, but my lettuce never really took off.
Also I started green beans in the hotpress but forgot about them when I was heading off for the weekend. Just back today and discovered they had germinated and a few of them are about 1-2 inches tall with white stems. Is this because of lack of light? Should I try to encourage them or cut my losses and use the pots for new seeds?
Last question- I have 2 courgette plants in one pot on the kitchen windowsill. Should I be getting them used to the cold now?
Sorry about all the questions. Hopefully I will be able to answer some in a few years time.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congratulations on getting artichokes so far they are difficult subjects. if seeds were sown in a seed compost then there is enough feed present, harden off the plants by putting out by day (sunny) and in by night for about 6-8 days and finally leave outside except on night that frost is expected. Transfer the seedlings into bigger pots as the need arises and the plants should be ready to be planted into permanent quarters in mid june. Put the courgettes into bigger pots and harden off or they may be left in the pots and planted out directly, if weather gets fine. watch out for slugs
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael,
All we need now is an improvement in the weather. It must be beginners luck with the artichoke!Apparently lettuce is easy to grow so I'll try again.
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