Top tips for sowing vegetables

Most vegetables are raised from seed, making them fantastic value – for the price of a single lettuce bought in the shops, you can buy a packet of seed to grow 1000. That's reason enough to grow your own: but you'll find sowing seed is also hugely satisfying as the first tiny sprouts appear, with

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Sowing tender annuals

Frost tender annuals may be sown outdoors now in prepared beds and borders. The soil should be dug, weeded, firmed, and raked level so that there is a fine tilth. Take out a drill, just as you would in the vegetable garden, and sow seeds according to the instructions on the packet. These include everything from ageratum to zinnia, with dozens in between.

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