Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:22
Might I suggest the following. Once you have filled your pots, trays or cells with seed sowing compost, leaving some space below the top. Water either overhead or by soaking. Let the tray etc drain. So the seed, then a light covering of soil or vermiculate. Once done. Use a very fine rose watering can and give a light overhead watering. In most cases, unless the surround air space is hot. Your next act will be, to fine spray the tiny seedlings. To be on the safeside. I often have a sprayer to hand. If this is kept full of water, it will attain a suitable temperature. Pump up the sprayer, set the nozzle to a very fine spray, and away you go.
Without offending anyone. The practice of basically submerging pots and contents, so that the water level comes level with the soil. This is arecommended method of dealing with mature plants. To apply this method to freshly sown seeds. One. The action of the water 'waving' across the soil surface, is likely to dislodge the tiny roots, whereby, you will have a tiny clump of seedling at the edge of the pot, or cell. Also the action of the water draining downwards will obviously suk the seeds down lower. In the case of suface sown seeds. You can kiss them goodbye.
A further tip. I know that I have advised in the past, to stagger seed sowing, giving you a bit of breathing space, when it comes to pricking out. However. If you have loads of seeds to sow. Why not try this out. Soil up your pots, trays cells etc. Water them all together. Leave to drain. Then you have a clear run. Within a very short space of time. All seeds will be sown.
I do hope this post hasn't offended anyone. Mike...means well