British gardener and broadcaster Christine Walkden on BBC Radio 4 the other week spoke passionately about gardening and growing but what really grabbed my attention were her comments about sowing seeds; she drew a parallel with growing and the need to look after your seedlings as you would a fellow human or an animal. Sounds a bit extreme? Well let’s think about it a bit more. Put them out in boiling hot sun and they will bake and burn, out in the freezing cold and yes you guessed it they will freeze and shiver. Walkden likened it to putting a child in a pram outside on a boiling hot or sub-zero day – you wouldn’t do that to a baby so why do it to seeds? An exaggeration? I don’t think so but maybe you have other ideas!
As the garden centres start to fill up with Spring time temptations of seed packets and trays of seedlings show them some love and attention and they will reward you – fresh herbs to hand, or flowers to enjoy, some peas to pick or a lettuce to crunch on.
Whatever you sow, sow it with love in mind.