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STARTING OFF SEED

Time to think about ripping open those seed packets and here Emma Rawlings looks at what you can sow direct in the ground and what to start off in pots

There is no doubt that seed sown direct in the ground often results in stronger, sturdier plants that go on to crop well. However, if you only have a small plot where every plant counts, it can often make sense to start seeds in containers first.This gives them a better chance of survival and, where necessary, allows the use of a warm propagator to get them to germinate.

SOWING DIRECT

WHAT TO SOW DIRECT

MARCH

Still a bit early to sow direct but on plots that are quick to warm up in spring you could sow lettuce, carrots, peas, broad beans, early potatoes or plant out overwintered garlic

APRIL

Carrots, lettuce, leeks, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, salad leaves, radishes, spinach, turnips, parsnips, cauliflower, Swiss chard, onions, potatoes, shallots, peas

MAY

All those mentioned in April plus French beans (late May), runner beans, sweetcorn, swede

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Grow succulent strawberries - Save ££s on plants with our great offers - £2338 worth of garden goodies to be won! - Spring into action - 4 page sowing guide - Salads all year round - Try crunchy kohl rabi - How do you like it? Is your plot pristie or patchy? - Broad beans for beginners - 7 pages of delicious recipes - Bye bye to blight - Gloves tested - Boost your mood with gardeing