Sweet Pea Idea.

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February 25, 2014 by lovenellie

I know at the moment venturing into the garden requires an Ark and a sou’wester but today we did have about 10 minutes of sunshine so I bravely went out to explore.
The spring bulbs are poking their heads up and as I removed by boot from being stuck in a patch of what can only be described as sinking mud I think I sensed a wiff of Spring. Anyway it got me thinking that now is about time for me to start sowing the seeds of my favourite Sweet Peas.( I am actually a bit late some people plant them in their greenhouse in the Autumn I’m not that organised!)
Sweet peas are easy peasy ( can you see what I did there!) to grow and if you cut them regularly throughout the summer you can have endless flowers. Sweet Peas look fab on your table just casually displayed in an old jam jar or use an old baked bean can and peel of the label for a retro look.

Right then here are the three key stages to success .

1001Sow seeds individually into seed compost. Water well and place on a sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse or heated propagator. You can use old toilet roll tubes and then that way when you come to plant them out its easy and the rolls just biodegrade.

1002Water the sweet peas regularly. As they grow, you’ll notice roots start to emerge through  the sides of the toilet roll tubes.

1003Pinch out the growing point when seedlings have two-three pairs of leaves, to encourage bushy growth and stronger stems. Harden the plants off before planting out.


This year I am going to try something a bit different, I am going to make a Sweet Pea Teepee. It’s easy to do and as the sweet peas grow so quickly you will soon have somewhere amazing that the kids can play and hide…. and it will smell really really good!!

imagesKD6YB623 Firstly make your frame, it seems very simple tie your long canes together and then weave string around the frame for the Sweet Peas to cling too as they grow.

With a bit of water, some sunshine and regular picking of the flowers it should look like this:


sweet pea frame

This picture shows the same done with Green beans but the principle is the same.

One of the best places I have found for Sweet Pea Seeds is Chiltern Seeds. So there you go, get planting.

Right then bring on spring.

Love Lynne x



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