Growing plants from seed is one of the first memories that many people have from gardening. Sowing mustard or cress onto wet kitchen towels and watching them on the window sill each day as the seed swells and germinates is a great way to get children involved - especially as the end result can be eaten!

Many plants, from colourful annuals to soaring trees and shrubs are easily raised from seed and it is an immensely satisfying form of plant production, as well as being one of the cheapest if a number of plants are required for large bedding schemes or to fill borders or containers. It is also very suitable for the vegetable garden.