Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:05
Welcome Old Fool I hope you won't pull rank over some of us ever so slightly younger fools
I've used Franchi occasionally in the past - I recall some very good lettuces
I don't know if it's relevant, but I've always found that the larger tomato varieties take longer to germinate.
And of course carrots and parsley are notoriously temperamental - I sow my parsley direct but always pour a kettle full of hot water into the seed drill before sowing the seeds - it usually works ......... but not always.