Early Sowings..A guilty secret?? (part 2 )
Well Folks its been a month since the first Blog. The frame inside the Greenhouse has been extended to form a L shape across the end and partly down one side. Initially a small heated propagator was being used to both heat the original space plus start seeds off . This worked really well and managed to keep a steady 10deg with only insulation after dark over the frame. Cheep as Chips Too at 15 watts a Hr consumption, about 5p a day at my full elec tariff. Now the frame is 2 1/2 times its size this wasn’t sufficient to keep the temp up on its own so a fan heater was placed at one end plus a baffle in front of it to defuse the air flow. So far with the conditions iv had the fan heater set in its 2 Kw setting(thermostatically controlled) its using about 20p a day to run.
As of this morning the tomatoes (apart from one i lost to thinning at the neck) are all doing fine and some Sun Gold are showing the third leaf. I am only keeping the temp to 10/11 deg as a minimum so i get stocky plants and so far have moved them only once into deeper pots . Cabbage, Kale,Onions,Leeks all are progressing well and have been pricked out into ether pots or modules. The routine is to cover the frame at dusk with insulation (old sofa cushions and polystyrene sheeting i had left over from the house work a treat ) then at a civilised HR remove in the morning. I will do Part 3 in about a month and let you know if Jan sowings were worth the effort and cost to me.
Happy Growing Friends . Simondo