Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:11
Seed potatoes are especially treated to be just that, eating spuds are not a good idea to use for growing more spuds.
Much depends upon where you live Lucy, the further north, the later the sowing time. I live in the East Midlands and will do the bulk of my sowing in late March to April - though a few things can be started now, sweet peas, broad beans etc. Root plants, like carrots, do not want to be transplanted, so you will want to sow those where they are to grow, once the soil is warm and dry - so not yet.
Patience is a virtue everywhere, but nowhere more so than in gardening. Many shops sell tiny little pots of annual and basket plants very very early, knowing that people will buy them, they will die as many people do not have the place or knowledge as to how to keep them, and it is plain too soon, and then those same people will buy them again - two open purses for the price of one!!
One warning you may not get, is that raspberries can run like mad, so be careful where you plant them - but they are the most wonderful fruit to grow, the taste of them fresh is heavenly. Red-currants are good too, they make the most wonderful sauces, look stunning on the shrub and need very little care. Blueberries are great too, but do need ericaceous compost - many folk grow them in large pots.
Do enjoy what you do, try not to take on too much at first, little and often is a good way to go - if you try to do everything at once you may wear yourself out and feel overwhelmed. Give it time and enjoy it all.