Sow seeds of hardy annuals
Hardy annuals germinate, grow and flower in one year and both the seed and the seedlings are hardy. For early flowering, sow now so that the young plants establish before winter. You can start them in pots or directly in the border. Sow into pots of multi-purpose compost, placing them in a cold greenhouse or frame. Young plants in pots can be planted out early next spring. Or, if sowing direct, clear some space in a border and make some parallel drills around 30cm apart. Sow into the drills and be ready to thin them out in the spring.
Stand potted seeds in water for a while to moisten compost