You would be forgiven for waking up in a sweaty mess and a pounding heart if you’ve been watching many youtube gardeners over the past few weeks. We’ve seen lots of people throwing seeds into compost as if their life depended on it. But take heart, if you are a gardener who works with nature rather than trying to manipulate it, the busy sowing season months are still a few weeks away. Remember, the majority of these eager beavers are growing under lights and with heat mats plus they are growing a large electricity bill, ok if you can afford it then fair enough but how good is that for the environment.
Work out when your area usually has its final frost. If you don’t know your last frost date, ask a gardening neighbour or one of the elders on the allotment site. For me it’s the second week in May. I therefore work backwards for 8 weeks so I would aim to start sowing from mid-March onwards in an unheated greenhouse or in the cold frame. By the time the seedlings are potted onto into individual pots and grown on, the weather would have warmed up enough for them to go outside when the frosts fade. In previous years when I’ve left seed sowing until May 1, everything turned out just fine.
So take heart, keep calm and carry on enjoying this quiet time for the gardener because the busy days of Spring will soon be here. Having another cuppa tea in the meantime.