I planted Spring seeds as early as the end of July this year – that’s almost the middle of Winter! I thought I’d have a go at getting a head start as I’m often sowing or planting late. They also happened to be a bunch of out-of-date packets I had lying around, some as old as 2013, but I had to see if they’d grow rather than throw them out, so into the dirt they all went, to clean out before my new order of seeds arrived.
I used plastic tubs like mini hothouses, as well as a salvaged old rack on wheels. My partner wrapped the rack in plastic for me with a front flap that opens or pegs shut.
I found the tubs to be much warmer, which is what counts in frosty weather; while there are some things that are happy in the frost, most Spring veg are not so happy, particularly delicate emerging seedlings.
I had three pots inside on the kitchen window sill, black cherry tomatoes, and they all germinated much quicker than the ones outside, due to being warmer. Some things took a good month to start showing (and some are still only just germinating, 6 weeks after sowing) so don’t lose faith if your little seeds don’t appear to be doing anything!
Some of the better performers so far are shown in the gallery below.