An introduction to growing flowers and herbs from seed

 

In 2012, the photographer Sabina Rüber and I started a project to grow annuals from seed. We soon realized that there is an enormous and exciting range of plants that are cheap, quick and often amazingly easy to grow in this way – not only annual flowers but also perennials, ornamental grasses and herbs – and we set ourselves the challenge of growing as many as we could. The first year was a washout. It was the wettest spring for decades and most of our seedlings were destroyed. But I was not ready to give up so, the following year, I created a new cutting patch, which I filled almost entirely with plants I had raised from seed. Rather than buying expensive perennials or trays of bedding plants, I had spent just a few pounds on packets of seed that would produce hundreds of plants. I was hooked.