We're in the middle of the magic month which all gardeners have been waiting for. The month of annual acts of faith and hope in the future. Yes, the yearly seed sowing jamboree is officially underway.
Of course this year, many started their seed sowing early. Being at home in lockdown and a few days of warmth and sunshine prompted lots of early activity and I started my first sowings in mid-February of beetroot, sweet peas and peppers.
I was so driven to sow something and I had run out of the seed compost which I trialled last year and was very impressed by. Foolishly I nipped into a local DIY and garden centre not far away and quickly bought the only seed compost I could find. Well, it was cheap and on special offer. Two small 12 litre bags I thought, would do the trick for right now.
When I opened the bag though, I was so disappointed. It was clumpy, with large strands of baler twine, hair, large twigs and goodness what else. I had to sieve it to get rid of a few stones and the other offending bits before use.
I'm not going to name what product I bought, but I've learnt my lesson when it comes to buying compost. You get what you pay for. Dalesfoot Wool Compost for Seeds is what I trialled last year , and yes it may be more expensive to buy, but the germination rate was virtually 100 per cent across the board.
Until I was sent these seed cell trowels that is. Last year they made potting on seedlings or removing plants from seed trays to plant in the ground so much easier.