As you can see from the photo, the Boston beetroot seeds we sowed last weekend have already germinated.
Therefore, the newspaper and sheet of glass can now be removed to enable them to grow upright and benefit from the light.
As we mentioned in the last article, beetroot seeds are often pocketed with more than one seed in each casing. You can see this here where there are more often than not multiple seedlings poking out from the compost.
The seedlings will be kept in a cold greenhouse to protect them a little from the harsher weather that it is still possible that we will get at this time of year, and the compost kept moist.
The Midnight and Tuscany courgettes we sowed are also starting to germinate. As you can see, even different varieties of the same vegetable develop at different rates – here the Midnight developing at a faster pace than the Tuscany. Therefore, don’t be disheartened if one tray of seeds starts showing its head and another doesn’t for another couple of days.
It can also sometimes be down to the freshness of the seed, with older seeds taking longer to germinate than newer seeds.