One of the key decisions you have to make as a gardener is when to sow seeds and where. Should you sow them directly into the ground or start them off in propagators or seed modules.
Left to their own devices, seeds sprout when the soil is warm enough. The traditional test is can you sit on the ground comfortably without your trousers on. However that might take to the middle of May and we would lose a lot of the growing season. As gardeners we are always trying to bend the rules a bit. One tip is to warm the soil up a bit with fleece, cloches or polytunnels. Another is to start the seedlings off in a protected environment and then planting them out later.
In the nursery we generally start the plants on the bench. We’ve obviously been at this since the middle of January because our plants are indoors all their lives but you can still get a lot of mileage, particularly with more tender crops.
Here’s a little video that illustrates some of the things we do here. Have a nice weekend in the garden.