Your conservatory provides the perfect conditions for growing plants. There’s plenty of light, an ambient temperature, and space to devote to a gathering of small plants and seedlings. It’s not that dissimilar to a greenhouse – except of course you have heat and a few added home comforts in there.

Start off vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and chillies, plants that are traditionally grown in hot countries and so love the heat created under glass. Pepper plants are particularly ornamental and add a nice flush of colour when the vegetables start to ripen.

Traditional vegetables like carrots, radishes, potatoes and green beans can be started off in the conservatory too, before being planted out into deeper soil where their roots will need to grow.

Delicate plants such as herbs perform very well inside a conservatory and are very handy for picking to add to your favourite dishes when you are cooking. Grow your favourites, keep them well watered and trim them regularly to keep them at their best.

Seedling plants are a lot cheaper to buy than the fully-fledged variety, and can be bought early, brought on in your conservatory for planting out when they are ready.

There’s something special about growing plants from seed, nurturing them every day and watching them thrive in the perfect conditions you provide. And as you save money growing from seed, you can enjoy planting out a bigger crop of plants in your garden in the spring and summer. Why not experiment with seeds you wouldn’t normally grow?

Some of our customers have told us how they grow additional plants for selling on at car boot sales, school fairs and so on. With added growing capacity, they’re able to increase their stock and make more money.

Our favourites are orange and lemon trees because they look elegant, have lush shiny leaves and reward you with fresh citrus fruit in the winter. The larger the tree, the lower the temperature it can withstand, so bear this in mind when you make your choice.

You can also use your conservatory to over-winter some of your tender container plants. Bring them in for the colder months to help them survive so you’ll suffer fewer winter casualties and enjoy longer plant life from your collection. And even when it's cold outside you can still enjoy a spot of gardening inside your conservatory.

Even if you’re new to gardening, growing plants in your conservatory is easy and rewarding, so give it a try. And remember, home grown produce always tastes better than supermarket bought, so you’ll have some tasty treats to look forward to.