The African Marigold seedlings (well, we decided we needed a bit of colour in amongst the tens of shades of green!) are growing nicely within their mini-cloches. They are old lemonade bottles trimmed down and placed lightly over the seedlings. This serves as protection from beasties, and heats up the soil inside, so the plants grow quicker.
When they are about 2 inches tall, we’ll remove the protection. The (very) mini sweetcorn seedlings are starting to appear, after the first batch were munched just after they had appeared above the soil, so they have also been protected.
Second time lucky?! The sprinkling of evening rain may have helped.