After you have purchased your seeds, store those that you will not be using immediately in a cool, dry place such as a garage. Don’t use a damp shed or a hot kitchen.

Don’t store your seeds in a polythene bag or store them with things like onion sets as these can sweat and make them damp.

If you don’t use all your seed at one time, reseal the packets as best you can and them keep them in an airtight container.

Label all batches of seeds as you sow them. Don’t rely on memory – it is fallible.

After you have sown your seeds, don’t throw away the empty packets. Most will give you information that will be valuable later such as plant heights and how far apart to space the palnts when they are thinned, transplanted or set out.