Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:05
cleverduck, welcome. As it is your first year, I would recommend buying small plants from a nursery to get you going; for example I don't think strawberries are normally grown from seed.
I get Verve compost from B&Q 125 litre bags; I get it 10% off with my 'wrinkly' card, so if you know a pensioner persuade them to come with you!
Very small seeds, it is worth seiving the compost that you cover the seeds with.
In the main, the instructions on the packet will tell you quite a lot of useful info.
Hope all this helps