David what compost do you use for sowing? Do you add anything?
Kate, I prefer to use compost specifically formulated for sowing seed (normally labeled 'seed compost') as this contains very little added nutrients. I use 'John Innes Seed Compost', this is a loam based compost, but other seed composts will do, provided they are sold as 'seed compost'.
I know some people use multipurpose compost, but IMHO it contains too many nutrients which encourages them to put on too much growth in the early stages......we need them to just mark time from germination until say February, when a dilute feed can be used if necessary.
As you will now understand, I definitely don't add anything.