For all happy gardeners across the land springtime is the time to start sowing seeds directly into the soil - no greenhouse, no protection, just a whole lot of wormy fun. But it's not just experienced folk that need to have all the fun. First time veggie gardeners across the country are getting their hands dirty in an attempt to join the feed-ourselves-organic brigade. And why not when there are so many delectable greens to be eaten!

So what seed are good to sow now? broccoli, cabbage, leeks, onions, peas, beetroot, radishes, cauliflower, rocket, spring onions, brussels sprouts, turnips, kale, parsnips, spinach, broad beans and carrots.

If you want to buy ready grown plants it's a good time to plant asparagus, raspberries, artichokes, rhubarb and potatoes. Come May you can plant lettuce, cucumbers, fennel, and runner beans (oh so good for summer salads!) Dotting a few sunflower seed around the veggie patch now as the temperature rises makes for a bright, sweet smelling and delicious garden.

If you don't fancy sowing your own seeds you could always try the easier option of ‘ready to pot' Rocket Gardens. Certified organic by the Soil Association these wee gardens come home delivered ready for you to pop in the ground.