It's amazing the difference a few weeks make. The soil has dried a fraction and it's warmed up. Weeds are beginning to appear and grow away. Outdoor sowing is underway.
I was a little wary of sowing Rebsie's Mr Bethell's Purple Podded pea directly in the ground on 6th March but they were showing through by 31 March and there's been about 100% germination. So the mice didn't get them; now it's the turn of the birds and slugs.
The broad bean Windsor, sown on 6th March and swapped with Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots broke soil on 3 April and it looks as if 70% made it through so far. I've hardened of some Norli (100% germination rate) and Alderman peas (poor 50% germination rate) both varieties sown in pots on March 1st and these are now planted out followed by a direct sowing in the ground today of another row of Norli and Alderman. Let's see how they do this way.
All but one of my saved sweet pea seed has germinated. I wonder will they come true to form and produce another excellent crop of chocolatey purple flowers?
Seedlings from the mixed lettuce and rocket, sown on 20th March, are now showing - time for another sowing in a few days.