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a plot of land in which seeds or seedlings are grown before being transplanted



in horticulture, the simplest type of structure for raising seedlings in sheltered ground. In the central region of the European USSR seedbeds are used for growing cold-resistant vegetables and other crops that are to be planted in the open ground between May 10 and June 10. After the seedlings are transplanted, the seedbeds are used for growing vegetables and flowers. Seedbeds measure 150 cm across and have plank sides. Seedbeds lack trenches (cold seedbed) or have a trench 30–40 cm deep (warm seedbed). Cold and heated beds are also used as seedbeds. On cold nights, seedbeds are covered with mats, bast, and other protective materials. Plants in beds are always kept under impermeable, transparent polymeric films.

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In colder areas you need to cover seed beds with plastic sheeting or cloches for at least three weeks before sowing, to warm up the soil.
People don't tend to use seed beds these days because the popularity of modules has taken over.
Planting brassicas in a seed bed might be slower but you'll get stronger plants as they've grown through colder days.
Otherwise, they said, they could not even hope for their palay to grow to maturity since the rats have been destroying their seed beds.
Transplant cabbages sown in seed beds to their final resting place.
Larger permanent seed beds stretching over a hectare (2.5 acres) are being prepared to harvest seeds that can then be grown on by seed companies to bulk up their supplies for conservation groups and landowners to use.
USE barbecue tongs to remove weeds from emerging seed beds.
Plants that had lain quietly in seed beds beneath the soil opportunistically spring up after bums, responding to newfound light or sensing a change in environment.
They also destroyed at least 80 cavans of seed beds in Mabini.
As a general guideline, in mild areas early sowings can be made into the ground towards the end of February, but in colder areas you need to cover seed beds with plastic sheeting or cloches for at least three weeks before sowing, to warm up the soil.
Pull off the dead outer leaves of phormiums and divide congested clumps Once pots of indoor bulbs have finished flowering, plant them outside and water well with a liquid feed Transplant young seedlings of cabbages and other brassicas sown in seed beds earlier in the year Sow peas and mangetout outside at monthly intervals, for a continuing supply of crops Cover rows of strawberries with tunnel cloches, opening the sides each day to allow access for pollinating insects
Prepare seed beds for outdoor sowing if the soil is dry enough.