All veg I mentioned earlier can be sown in the same way. I suggest you fill 7.5cm pots (that's the diagonal measurement from top of the pot) with good seed or multi purpose compost , stand them in a waterproof tray and give them a good watering (better do this outside kids, not on the living room carpet) a couple of times. Then push the seeds 1 cm into the soil, two to a pot, cover with some compost and give them another little water. Bring the pots inside and put them on a window sill or somewhere warm for them to germinate....especially the melon seeds. Yes you can grow melons in this climate even if you don't have a greenhouse ! But they can't go outside until mid June earliest and will need to be protected from the wind and be in a sun spot. There is something special about the smell of a melon growing in the August sunshine. Anyway a tip to remember is the bigger seeds like squash, melon, beans should be sown on their side not flat. The good news with everything we are growing now is that provided they are warm and watered they grow really fast (like sunflowers) so you see the fruits of your labour real quick and the kids don't get bored watching nothing happening.
Also the next quick and easy sowing is herbs. Follow the same process as above. I do prefer seed compost to start herbs off in small pots or trays. Herbs that run rampant are mint , tarragon, parsley and coriander. So keep them in a pot and don't be tempted to plant in a border. The hardier herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and marjoram can be planted out into large pots or in your border. I like to have my pots all by the back door, just grabbing a handful when I'm cooking or to greet you with their perfume on a summers evening - lovely jubbly.
So to recap. Everything we've mentioned in this article can be sown now , kept indoors in the warm ( especially the melon seeds ) , kept watered and kept in the light from a window once the seeds germinate. After 3 weeks they will need potting on into bigger pots and mid June into the garden. Keep soil moist, give them 5 minutes attention every day and they won't let you down.
There are so many other things you can be sowing directly into your garden border now however. Carrots and parsnips we talked about last month. Keep sowing throughout May if you haven't already. Sow radishes and lettuces, spring onions and beetroot direct into well watered and well dug soil for all summer long salads.
Lastly we had no takers on the free sun flower seeds last month...are you all shy ? Anyway this month I am offering my help for an hour to the first three people who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and say " I wanna grow , please give me a hand ".
I will come to your place , or you can come to mine and see all the veg I am growing , and give you all the advice and help that I can. Don't be shy ...just contact me by email or phone 07747 018814