Growing from seed is easy. Every packet has detailed instructions to guide you through the stages. Most seeds require warmth and moisture to germinate; some require light and cold stimulation. Seeds that need to be sown in early spring usually require some bottom heat (heated propagator treatment) to get them started early enough so that they fruit, flower or crop in the same season.

  • Fill a pot with seed sowing compost. Firm it down gently

  • Shake the pack gently to loosen the seed and then open the seed packet and tip a few seeds into your hand. Tiny seeds can be scattered over the surface of the compost.For larger seeds make a hole using your finger in the compost. Individually place a seed into the hole.

  • Cover over with a thin layer of fresh compost and water with slightly warm water.

  • Label the pot carefully with the date and seed variety and place in a suitable place for germination. Seeds that require heat can be placed in a heated propagator. Seeds that need a frost-free environment can be positioned in a cool (frost free) greenhouse or on a windowsill. Ours are on windowsills and it will soon start to look like a rain forest. All good though