When you've sown your seeds in spring, it can be very disappointing if they germinate poorly, or fail to thrive.
Seeds and seedlings are prone to a fungal infection called 'damping off'. The very visible collapse of the seedlings is often accompanied by a mass of tiny fungal threads. The fungi develop from microscopic spores that can be both air and waterborne.
Good hygiene is very important, so be sure to use clean equipment and fresh compost. Damping off is encouraged by damp, overcrowded conditions and poor ventilation, so you need to provide the optimum conditions for your seeds.
Here are six ways to avoid damping off and to keep your seedlings healthy.