Pathetic I know, but from the moment I press a seed into the soil I've got my eyes peeled for the first emergent shoot.
Look! There's one - and later 2 and 3, then four, five and six. Pretty soon, with luck and fair weather, we're into double figures. Still a few gaps but, eventually even from a distance, the little seedlings can been seen as a row.
48, 49 - I'm still counting, welcoming the stragglers and hoping that the local pheasant population isn't as keen to see them as I am.
As weapons of plant destruction pheasants are up there with Agent Orange and Powys County Council's Highways gang.