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Seeds to sow in February – my garden

Seeds for growing under glass
Seeds for growing under glass

Fire up the propagator!

February’s the real start of the sowing season, at least if you have a heated propagator (for my advice on these, click here).

If you don’t have a heated propagator and a good light source, don’t worry, these seeds can be sown next month as well.

You may ask, why sow so early? Well, most of these seeds have Mediterranean or sub-tropical origins and need a long growing season in this country.

If you live in a much warmer climate than mine in North East England, by all means, try growing the aubergine, cape gooseberry, passion fruit, pepper, tomatillo and tomatoes out of doors in a sheltered place.

However, I’m playing it safe and growing them under glass, in my conservatory and greenhouse.

Chilli Pepper (Hot) Biquino Red. Picture; Johnsons
Chilli Pepper (Hot) Biquino Red. Picture; Johnsons

Chillies need heat

You’ll notice three chillies, one of which, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was sown in January (super hot chillies need a really long growing season – read more about them here).

They also need a lot of heat to germinate and a grow light helps so they don’t get leggy – giving them 12 hours of light a day makes a huge difference (how to use one here).

The other two (Razzamatazz and Biquino Red) aren’t as hot, don’t need as much heat to germinate and are a much better choice for less experienced gardeners.

The only outdoor dwellers starting off this month are sweet peas Pink Champagne and Blue Shift (they can be sown in January, more information here); rosemary for my new potted herb area (more on herbs here) and Antirrhinum Chantilly Bronze (see more on half-hardy annuals here).

As ever with plants and seeds, anything marked TRIAL has been given to me by a seed manufacturer to do just that – the others have been bought by me.

Ornamental plants

Aubergine Ophelia
Aubergine Ophelia. Picture; Plant World Seeds

Edible plants

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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