Posted: 10/02/2013 at 12:41
I would avoid the Expert series for growing veg. It does not seem to have been revised for years. It seems to regard some crops as exotics which are quite normally grown in UK, and of course the varieties available have not been updated.
If you are on a tight budget explore Aldi and Lidl and Wilkinsons for seeds. I have found their germination rates excellent.
Avoid glossy catalogues, their seeds are expensive. Concentrate on growing crops that are either expensive or of poor quality in the supermarkets. Go to a garden centre near you and buy some early potatoes. You will probably be able to buy a handful of several varieties rather than a large pack of one.