Sowing seeds early in the year can reward you with plants that'll flower or crop earlier than usual.
To boost your chances of success, there are several things you can do to counteract the effects of low light levels and stuffy indoor temperatures – both of which can encourage damping off.
This fungal disease can sweep through trays of seedlings, usually attacking them at roots and the bases of stems, causing them to topple over and die.
When you're ready to go, check out 10 seeds to sow early in January.
Take a look at these handy tips for sowing seeds early.