Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:00
Granma, try my way, seeds will strike in sand as they do not need feed. Buy a bag of JI NUMBER TWO MIX it is loam based, a bag of washed sand and one of small grit. Mix one scoop of sand one of grit and one of JI compost. Sow seed water from below. Pot on with half same JI compost, quarter sand quarter grit, pot on again into ordinary potting compost.
That method has worked for years, no losses and good plants. Since the greens won with no peat compost has been made from all kinds of waste. We do not know what is in it or how it is sorted, I have found plastic glass and what looked like bone in some of it so now serve it. Grit helps drainage and more seeds die from over watering than anything else. Hope this helps.