The best place for starting most suitible seeds at this time of the year, even in mild areas, is on a window sill unless you have a heated greenhouse.  Take care not to chill seedlings at night (a window sill behind a closed curtain can be much colder than the room) or to have them too wet.  Some varieties can be started under cloches or in a cold frame.

Baby Leaves – Astra Rocket, Catalogna Cerbiatta & Deronda Red lettuces, Pea Metoer, Red Wizard Pak Choi & Sangria leaf radish.  All can be used for salads and some can be used in cooking too

Beetroot – Bolthardy, Detroit  Globe &  Jannis

Broad Beans – Aquadulce Claudia, Monica, Stereo, Sutton Dwarf & Witkeim can be started in modules or pots for planting out under cloches

Cabbage – Evergreen

Carrot – Nominator (under cloches)

Chillies – hot ones such as Birds Eye, Orange Tyger, Scotch Bonnet & Habanero do best with an early protected, warm sowing

Cress – all varieties and types

Endive – Blond Full Heart, Catalogna Garnet Srem, Cornet De Bordeaux or Panaclieri

Kale – Scarlet

Leaf Beet – Erbette

Leek – Below Zero, Porbella & Warwick

Lettuce – May Queen & Rouge de Hiver

Onion – Dulce De Fuentes & Roja de Zalla  are particularly good choices at this time of year


Parsley – lots of choices

Peas: first early ones such as Avola or Douce Provence

Pepper – Thor likes a warm early start…

Radish – Cherry Belle, Malaga Violet & Tarzan F1

Rocket – lots of choices

Spinach – Harp is a good early choice

FLOWERS: Carnation, Eryngium, Hollyhock, Stocks & Sweet Peas

HERBS: Basil British, Coriander (indoors only), also Lemon Grass