A good starting point once you have decided what you would like to grow is to decide whether to buy Mini plants or seeds?
Seeds are cheaper but more time-consuming. Mini plants are easy and convenient, but for some crops such as peas and beans, you may need to buy quite a lot making it expensive. Some vegetables are very easy to grow from seed, such as peas, runner, broad and French beans, courgettes, and rocket.
Some vegetables need a long growing season and if you garden in less than ideal conditions, buying a small plant gives you a head start. Examples would be chilies, large beefsteak style tomatoes, squashes and sweet corn. If you are growing in more exposed parts of the country, small plants are a good starting point.
Most vegetables require a good amount of sun, but there are a few which will tolerate some shade. Dwarf green beans, salad leaves, radishes, spinach, chard and several herbs; coriander, parsley, and chives.
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