Posted: 13/06/2012 at 22:38
Lidl sell seeds starting at 29p a packet and I have always had good results from them.
Things like lettuce, beetroot, spring onions, radish, carrot, beans - all types - always grow from seed - dead easy, dead cheap
Courgettes, squash, pumkins, cucumbers - nearly always grow from seed. Besides a packet of seeds should last you 3 years or so, if you plant 4 seeds with a hope to get at least 2 plants of each, you will still have more them you can eat!!
Toms, chillis, peppers - can be a pain - especially up north, as you need to start them really early (Feb) on a window sill/light box for a hope of good crop - and the seeds can be expensive.
If you want a variety of toms and peppers etc it can be just as cheap to buy a selection of small plants. I have 8 varieties of toms this year 6 of which I hve raised from seed I have bought in previous years. 1 or 2 plants of each makes for a lot of tomatoes!!!!
It sounds like you have loads of space so keep the hanging baskets to flowers. veg prefers being in the soil
Herbs - sow basil, corriander every 2 weeks for a constant supply. Parsley, can be a pain to germinate if grown from seed but still worth a try. Treat your self to a rosemary, lavender & a sage ( well drained soil - add lots of grit and sand to add drainage or they will just curl up and die during the winter)
But it is only early June - still loads of time for growing this year - why wait?