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Eight plants to sow in autumn

Discover eight plants to grow from seed in autumn, in our practical feature.

Autumn is the season when nature is sowing seeds, right when they’re newly ripe and at their most viable.

There are lots of benefits to autumn sowing. Many seeds need more than light and warmth to germinate, requiring a period of cold to break their dormancy – tricky to provide in spring. Autumn sowing tends to lead to bigger, sturdier and earlier veg and flowers, with crops and blooms as much as six weeks earlier.

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