Are you sowing too early?

by Ken C | Last Updated: 15/04/2021

I spoke with a seedsman this week who explained how the temperatures of this spring will cause lots of people to be disappointed gardeners whether it be vegetables or flowers.

Why you may ask.

Well, if you sow a row of carrots or beetroot in cold soil then the germination will be next to nothing.

And, who do gardeners blame?

You’ve guessed it. The seed supplier.

Many gardeners will swap suppliers if they have a poor result.

But why?  Much of the seed we use is grown in sunnier climates abroad, and seed different suppliers will often get it from the same source.

Meaning, there’s very little, if any, difference between seed from Brand X versus Brand Y!

As a Country, we have seed grown for us all round the World.  It’s true, some seed from Europe is taking a bit longer to get to us than it did in the past, but the new regulations will soon be accepted as normal.

Staying on seed, look for new varieties as so many have been bred for better performance and many to resist some diseases.

I know I still would pull out beetroot Boltardy from the rack.

Why? Because my Dad grew it and, most likely, his Dad did before him.

So go on try Beetroot Red Ace or Boldor – the hybrid yellow beet with good vigor and flavour.

Even more popular now are mixed beets – with red, white, yellow and striped fruit.

Ken Crowther is an award winning broadcaster, author and member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. He has been gardening for over 50 years and his knowledge and experience are drawn on to provide advice and information about garden design, plants for all seasons, gardening techniques and gardening tips. Gardening with Ken's broad appeal means he reaches a wide audience across the UK from amateur gardeners to top level horticulturists.