Did I tell you that after writing this post about our many packets of seeds we found another bagful? Well we did, actually I knew that I’d lost them but because we were hardly running short of things to sow it had gone to the back of my mind. Anyway, as normally happens, Derek found them when looking through cupboards for something else we’d mislaid.
Amongst them are were some ‘seed tapes’ and ‘seed mats’ where the seeds are sandwiched between two layers of tissue at regular intervals. When I first saw these a couple of years ago I’d discounted them as being an expensive way to buy and couldn’t really see the point either, however one of our local garden centres reduces its seeds to fifty pence a packet at the end of August every year so we buy a load for the following season. On that basis I thought they’d be worth a try.
So after all this ado I’ve planted some of the beetroot ‘Boltardy’ this morning and the upshot is, they were so simple to use that I think I might be a convert even at full price.
The information on the packet says they’re good if you have difficulty handling small seeds but I also think they’d be really good for someone new to growing vegetables because you don’t have to think about spacing and thinning out is minimal, they’d also work well for children because they are so easy to handle.
Of course ultimately it’s the crop that’s important so watch this space and if you’ve used them It’d be great to know your thoughts.