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Ashleigh 2

Thanks David, I grew sweet peas for the first time last year and I'm totally hooked, roll on July 


Orchid Lady
I have to ask, how many sweet peas do you grow in a year David?
Orchid Lady
I've just remembered a question I thought of as I was nodding off last night (yes I really am that sad!!).

Can I plant some of my Sweet peas in my new birds or are they best grown in big pots? I was thinking of buying one of those nice 'wig-wam' things and growing some of the ones I ordered last night up it but would appreciate your thoughts.
Orchid Lady
Thanks David, and am I best just planting them where they are to grow or in pots first? You may have answered that earlier already so apologies if I'm duplicating.
Ashleigh 2

Beautiful photo's David, thanks, is it worth letting the last few blooms of the season go to seed? Is it viable, will it come true or could you get a few surprises?


Orchid Lady
That's great, thanks David. Sorry for the delay, been working and not been on all day. Just using my half an hour free internet then I will be off again
Orchid Lady
Had a night away and checked my babies when I got home, some more have come up and the ones that had germinated have grown slightly, but not a lot which I think is good. My new seeds have arrived Will hang on to them for a couple of weeks until OH has built my new greenhouse and then plant them
Orchid Lady

Hi David, sorry I've not been on for a few days with one things and another.  My 'babies' are fine and fortunately no serious damage to our house, I've just not managed to get the greenhouse up yet. Thanks for your thoughts 


 Eagle highly perfumed mixed, seeds bought from Eagle stand at Holker garden festival on you recomendation David

i have also sown some henry eckford i had given but they havnt germinated yet i will leave them a little longer but dont hold much hope


David, I have some questions if I may. . . 

I have some toilet rolls which I have saved for growing my first ever sweet peas  What do I need to put at the bottom of the rolls to stop the compost coming out?

Do I use seed compost? (Stupid question that one!)I have some so that should be ok 

Once I have planted my seeds, where should I keep them? I have a shed and a placcie green house, no cold frame. I also have a kitchen window ledge.

How often should I water them - I had a disaster with all the seeds I tried last year - only 3 actual plants grew 

Many thanks for your patience 



Panda, I've put my loo rolls in punnets that had held tomatoes and Brussels sprouts, bought in the supermarket. When filling them some compost fell in between which is helping to stand them up straight and keep moist. I used ordinary potting compost. Seed compost is not widely sold here and expensive, so I keep it for the tiny seeds. Mine are on a window sill, but not up yet - so it could all be a failure!


hi Panda this is how i sow into toilet roll inners

 tray of some sort the little round thing is fille with sand it just fits in side the roll

 sorry thats on its side. stand the roll on something solid and fill with growing medium and compress you should be able to lift with your fingers undeneath and put it in you tray. if you try to fill when they are in the tray you will waste a lot of compost.

hope this helps