Blog: I’m not happy with my seed compost, heat mat or memory…
It’s so typical that the only year I’ve left my seed sowing to the last minute that anything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.
Luckily, most of the chillies overwintered well, so losing two more varieties wasn’t the biggest deal.
However, the collapsed tomato and tomatillo seedlings last Monday were the last straw – a combination of very poor seed compost, an elderly heat mat and me forgetting to open the conservatory windows.
Shockingly sandy seed compost
The seed compost (I don’t want to embarrass the maker) which although peat-free, seems to be a combination between dust and sand. It appeared to be damp in the morning, only to be bone dry in the afternoon.
It also seems this damn compost has weed seeds in it! I shall be writing in the strongest terms to the manufacturer when the world is back to normal.
I found them flopped and it seemed the only chance of survival was surgical repotting into modules of decent peat-free compost. The tomatilloes were in particularly bad shape (I remember they were very leggy last year).
Say your prayers!
In went tomatoes Rosella and Apero and I said a quick prayer to any listening deity. Someone listened because, in 6 hours, they had perked up.
As a back-up, I sowed a free packet of Maskotka, even though they’re not cordons and won’t fit into the conservatory!
My Reisetomate seeds also finally arrived to trial, so they’re ready to pot on. Panic averted (I hope)!