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  1. Hey Chris, that's great and really hearing that you guys are passionate about us all growing our own produce and reducing our impact on the environment - you asked how you could improve well.... How about recommendations about growing food that is appropriate to our circumstances - i.e location, space, abilities, understanding etc acknowledging that for many people they have lost the understanding of how to grow food. Using simple, cheap and informed choices allowing environmentally low impact alternatives to live their lives. Well could we not plant the right food crops at the correct t
  2. Hey Sally - yes makes sense, position your cold frame, greenhouse or plastic and aluminium smart greenhouse in a place that will not be impacted by harsh climatic factors, of course you may have bought such an item to reduce the impact of those climatic factors but then I would recommend planting with crops that work well with climate and seasonal changes. i.e. I live on the edge of Dartmoor so wind (and rain) are a permanent so I plant crops that are resilient to conditions at time that are appropriate. Good luck.
  3. Neon lights (strip lights) are a really great way to increase photosynthesis rates and extend the growing season - they are very efficient in terms of the electricity they use, produce heat energy (to aid germination and growth rates) and are often free to acquire - I get them from offices that are being "shop fitted" as they would be thrown away - grow plants and reduce your ecological footprint too! What not to like.
  4. Hi Sally - well right now I am planting Toms (Tumbling Tom & Red Alert), radishes, lettuce, coriander, parsley and of course basil. All apart from radish (in the garden)are germinating well on the window sill near a radiator. Good luck and if in doubt put some seeds in a pot and see what comes up, no need for anything fancy just some pots, soil and warmth and you will be eating your produce throughout the year.
  5. Hey Rik - yes good to hear and agree some light would be required, in my experience Chard in the best of conditions will often take a few weeks to germinate and as long as light (even at low levels) is present on germination it will survive and thrive throughout the year. I am harvesting new growth now from Chard planted last spring. Was just a little worried that people might be encouraged to buy lights to try to increase germination rates. The ethos of modern day growing to reduce our ecological footprint would be, needless to say, rendered useless by buying "stuff" when actually working wi
  6. Hi there just stumbled upon this link - does light impact the germination of Chard?? Temperature, moisture, air of course but light? Really? - yes I know that some species also require light to trigger germination but I have never heard of this being the case with Chard or any of the beets. I might have been getting it wrong all these years but grow lights to speed up germination? Really - I guess they would chuck out some heat. Thanks. Ant.
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