Perhaps it has all kicked off now though - I had an email through from Marshalls asking me if I would like to trial some of their new seed varieties and blog about my experiences, and last week the seeds came through the post.
I only sow carrots and parsnips direct at the Hill - if the seeds do germinate down there, they have to contend with weeds as slugs, so it always seems to be a better bet to get everything sown here at home in the courtyard garden.
So I have a giant mid-April seed sowing-fest, and at the weekend I turned the kitchen into a potting shed.
The Marshalls seed varieties are interesting - a couple of squash, a pumpkin, a courgette; a couple of tomato varieties, and a couple of brassicas.
The packets are colour co-ordinated by family, with a description and sowing instructions on the front.............
........... and no. of seeds (not many!) and best before date on the back.
I'll see how I get on with them.