Sowing seeds is something that some gardeners avoid, but it's easy when you know how. You just need to give seeds the right conditions, and they'll germinate.
Germination is triggered by the correct combination of light levels, temperature and moisture – get these right, and the seed will start to grow.
Nine tips for seed-sowing success
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We show you when and where to sow all kinds of seeds, indoors and outdoors, in this sowing guide.
Hardy salads and veg
Trees and shrubs
Using new compost
When sowing seeds, it's best to avoid using up old bags that have been lying around outdoors, even if unopened. For best results, start a new bag of compost and save old bags for mulching the garden.