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leggy seedlings

I am relatively new to growing vegetables and am not having much luck with my seedlings so far. My French beans are doing good as the stems are nice and thick supporting nice leaves ready to plant out soon maybe ? but the broccoli, spinach and coriander are looking pretty miserable; Extremely long leggy and thin. I have done some research and understand why this is happening, I've insured my potting soil is good, water regularly with a spray bottle and have them on my nearest south facing sill. I am rotating the trays often and even giving them a Little ruffle sometimes to mimic breeze and try strengthen. My house isn't too warm or cold. I've been thinking of investing in some grow lamps without spending a fortune on them or my electricity bill.. I know there are cheap ones from china on eBay but I need to know they are safe also. I see some articles online about using domestic regular fluorescent lamps but I'm not sure about it all.. perhaps you might be able to shed some light on the problem ;) Dcgarden, Wicklow , Co Wicklow Posted: 19/03/2017

Vegetable seedlings are tricky to raise on a window sill indoors and the problem is light and space, which is also light.

You may be starting things off too early as you can only get away with a few weeks indoors.

It is a better bet to buy a small greenhouse or tunnel, even a cold frame, than buying lamps and electricity.


french beans

For years now, I'm growing dwarf french beans. Most of the time, the first ones that I pick are OK, but after that the beans start to curl and twist and become unsuitable for eating. Why, and what to do? fons, , Posted: 20/05/2011


Mis-shapen beans are generally caused by either too-rapid growth or weather damage, notably strong winds. It can also happen due to poor pollination and this can be caused by strong winds too.

But mis-shapen beans are still edible.




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