It’s that time of year when every gardener is itching to get in the greenhouse and start sowing the first seeds of 2018 and last weekend I did just that! One thing you need to remember is to not get too carried away, there’s only a few seeds that can be sown this time of year and even those need a little looking after in this colder weather. If you don’t happen to have a greenhouse with a heater then a south facing windowsill will do just as good a job. In fact our greenhouse at home needs a good clean and a tidy up, the windows need cleaning and last years old plants need removing to make way for this growing year.
I like to use John Innes Seed compost when sowing my seeds as it’s jammed packed with nutrients specifically for seedlings and root cuttings. Plus the texture is beautiful as it’s mixed with loam, peat and sand. When it comes to seed trays I’ve recently fallen in love with the longer modules which have 5 to a tray. I saw them in a local garden centre last year and have used them ever since, they are great for sowing smaller amounts of seeds so you don’t waste an entire tray when you only need 10 or so healthy seedlings.
I fill the trays with the seed compost and use a tamper set that my Dad made for me to press the compost down. The seed is then either sown thinly or larger seeds are placed on top of the compost neatly spaced apart. I then use a sieve to lightly cover the seeds with the same seed compost before giving the trays a good watering and remembering to label each module with the name, variety and date they were sown.
The seeds I have sown are:
- Peppers – Star Mix F1.
- Parsley – Plain Italian Leafed.
- Tomato – Tumbling Tom.
- Spring Onion – White Lisbon.
- Ammi Majus.
- Lunaria Annua – Alba.
- Sweet Peas – April in Paris, Just Julia and Iris.
I am so excited to see my little seeds germinate and it sure felt good to get in the greenhouse and get my hands dirty. This is just the start of many sowings and it looks like March and April are going to be busy months ahead, I can’t wait!