I've finally got some sowing done. It feels as though I'm miles behind, but then so is everyone else. No point sowing stuff when it's been so cold. But today the season has opened, in a small way, with:
Monte Carlo, Lilliput (cherry type) & Astro Plum - all F1 hybrids from Seeds of Italy
Stonehead, red Drumhead & Filderkraut (some kind of German shredding cabbage apparently? We'll see!)
And a good dollop of Sweet Peas.
I've put them all in a seed mixture I've not tried before, courtesy of Jane Perrone's Allotment Keeper's Handbook, viz:
2 handfuls of 'normal' potting compost
1 handful of Vermiculite
1 handful of Silver Sand
It looks good & handles well. Fingers crossed; no pressure there then, Jane!
I've also moved the strawberry plants out of the conservatory into the cold frame, resurrected from winter quarters, buried in old crap behind the shed. The conservatory itself is bursting with plug plants I'm growing on:
Petunia (ordinary) x20 (and a bit scabby cos I let them dry out)
Petunia (Surfinia) x8
Fuchsia (upright) x8
They're all still quite titchy of course but they'll grow; oh lordy, how they'll grow. Wish I had a greenhouse.