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young basil seedlings

Ready, Steady, Grow

Written on: 25 September 2015 By Stephanie Donaldson

cornflower seedlings

If you haven’t grown plants from seed before, it’s a good idea to begin with easy-to-grow plants.  Here are some that will get you started.

  • Vegetables: Dwarf French Beans can be grown as an early greenhouse crop, or in pots for planting out in the late spring; Chilli peppers like it hot and dry so they are ideal for greenhouse growing; Tomatoes grow best in a greenhouse – recommended varieties for flavour are Sungold, Gardener’s Delight and Brandywine.
  • young basil seedlingsHerbs: Basil, Coriander, Chervil germinate well in the greenhouse – coriander and chervil can be planted out into light shade in early summer but keep the basil in the greenhouse – just remember to water in the morning – basil hates to go to bed with wet feet!
  • Flowers: Sweet pea seed can be sown in the autumn and then moved to a cold frame once they have germinated; sow hardy annuals including calendula, cornflowers and love-in-a-mist in autumn to overwinter in the greenhouse before being planted outdoors in spring; plant freesia corms in autumn for cutting or displaying in the spring;  bulbs of dwarf narcissus, species tulips and iris reticulata corms can be planted in pots and kept in the greenhouse for a very early display of spring flowers
  • Fruit: Alpine strawberries grow easily from seed and the fruit are delicious to eat, Cape Gooseberries will establish easily and crop annually.
Written on: 25 September 2015 By Stephanie Donaldson

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Stephanie Donaldson

Stephanie is contributing gardens editor of Country Living Magazine and editor of The Enduring Gardener Blog. A long-time believer in organic methods and author of many book including co-authoring the Prince of Wales’ most recent book, The Elements of Organic Gardening.

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