It seemed like such a good idea. There I was, glued to my laptop, looking in to greenhouses (again!). And then I realised that there was actual sunshine streaming through the windows, and no rain. So I legged it outside to get on with some sowing. So far so good, but I currently have to store my compost outside, so of course it was sodden. I thought this was OK, no pre watering required, until I tried to sow some Lollo Rosso. Which of course promptly stuck to my, by now, cold, dirty and rather damp hands. Not a recipe for success, particularly as this is supposed to be my year of finally learning how to sow thinly. Of course, being an impatient idiot, I decided to persevere while the sun was out, and discovered how small the seed for Agrostis nebulosa Fibreoptics is. Some seed may, in fact, have made it to the modules. Note to self – dry hands are a real plus when sowing seed smaller than, say, a pea. Some days I am more aware of my rookie status than others.

Still, it brought home yet another advantage of finally buying a greenhouse – not only would I get to sow in all weathers, but I could do so with dry compost. Now, where was that web site…

Sowed: Lollo Rosso, coriander, flat leaf parsley, pea ‘Little Marvel’, radishes, Agrostis nebulosa ‘Fibreoptics’.

Lost: Chili ‘Pinochio’s Nose’, all six seedlings, just fell over. Damping off? All the others are thriving…

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