It’s April, but everything looks dead, or dying. This should not be the case. The chilli plants should not be crispy; the cacti should not be droopy; the orchids should not be stubbornly dormant. There has been sunshine, I’ve seen it, and I’ve been persistently watering and nurturing and feeding. I even played Classic FM to them – science says they like it. But alas, nothing. It seems I may have to consider starting from scratch. With this in mind, and given that it is a good time of year to be planting things, I’m going to present you with some gentle suggestions for things to grow yourself, if you feel so inclined, in this and the next few columns.