Ok I can hardly call it potting mix... it’s just straight leaf litter scooped from the lower layer of fallen pine needles. It’s way better than purchased potting mix too- compare the result of cheap store-bought potting mix in punnets to pure pine needle mulch grown in long planters, even though the shore-bought seeds were planted weeks earlier than the pine leaf litter. Even regular worm tea didn’t help them grow faster in ‘proper’ potting mix.
I can wait to put some of this stuff on my yard because i’m Knee-high in arborist tree mulch and need it to decompose as fast as I can.
That's a good sign. I would leave it exactly as it is, just put the seed right on top of it, and sift a thin layer of soil on top to cover the seed. Fungal dominated no-till seedling starter trays!
"The rule of no realm is mine. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, these are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?" Gandolf