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18/03/2014 at 09:14

thanks david no, good advice doesn't get boring and newbies need it drilling in! getting slug pubs ready any other good slug zapper advice? no evidence of mice around but would you suggest cloche til bit bigger?

18/03/2014 at 09:22
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thanks david no, good advice doesn't get boring and newbies need it drilling in! getting slug pubs ready any other good slug zapper advice? no evidence of mice around but would you suggest cloche til bit bigger?

Cloche!....Alarm bells are ringing again! Yes, it will protect from cold winds, but it does get very warm under there on sunny days.....perhaps fleece?

Beer traps are as good as anything if you prefer not to use slug pellets.

I've never lost sweet peas to mice after the seed has germinated & disintegrated.

18/03/2014 at 09:27

PS. Perhaps use a cloche at night for a week or so would be a compromise.

18/03/2014 at 09:28

thinking more of a wire cloche, good to hear mouse danger may be over!

18/03/2014 at 09:42
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thinking more of a wire cloche, good to hear mouse danger may be over!

 

To my knowledge mice will eat any type of seed, but In my own experience I've never had problems with them eating the foliage.

18/03/2014 at 10:42

Been very busy the last few days so not looked in here.

Thanks Steve for the tip about Aqualdulce Claudia. I haven't seen them here in France, just Aquadulce.

Tracey, when I said about cutting sweet peas off the hedge I was really answering David about the sweet peas getting tangled in the hedge. I thought the problem of that would be partly solved when the hedge was cut in the autumn the sweet peas would be cut down too - 2 birds with one stone!

18/03/2014 at 19:10

Ah right Lizzie, I see now, sorry I misunderstood.  Just watching GW and the sweet pea feature 

19/03/2014 at 06:52

So sorry if this has been covered, I have read many pages of this thread but couldn't find the answer. How do you get long straight stems on sweet pea? I presume it's how you tie in but do you also restrict growth of the plant? Thanks in advance. I have 20+ pots of Autumn sown peas to plant out this weekend. All have been hardened off and I plan to make a trench of home compost for them to lie in, against a southeast facing stone wall. 

I really love sweet pea; the look of the variously coloured blooms and their aroma is so delicious.

 

19/03/2014 at 07:49

Hi LouatL - I think you take off the side shoots and encourage a single stem once they're growing well but David will be able to give you accurate info as he's the sweet pea expert on here and grew them for showing. 

19/03/2014 at 08:15

B****y hounds decided to dig a hole next to my blueberry bush and in the process buried my sweet peas! Was out with the torch at 11 last night moving the soil (with my hand......glad there were no slugs!!), luckily only one was damaged (beyond repair).....

19/03/2014 at 09:41

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Hi, Louat.....re those long straight stems. There are two methods of growing SPs.

1) the decorative method & 2) the cordon method. The decorative method is for growing for cut flowers and involves nothing more elaborate than providing adequate support & letting them romp away.The cordon method is very labour intensive, but the one used by exhibitors.

I've posted a cordon growing guide on page 23 of this thread.  

 

19/03/2014 at 09:43
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

B****y hounds decided to dig a hole next to my blueberry bush and in the process buried my sweet peas! Was out with the torch at 11 last night moving the soil (with my hand......glad there were no slugs!!), luckily only one was damaged (beyond repair).....

 

Oh dear, Tracy.....those poor sweet peas do seem to be jinxed.

19/03/2014 at 14:45

Just read page 23: Fab, Thank you. I've got so many sweet peas (brag, brag) of different colours etc that I'm going to try both ways. Last year I had dreadfully short blooms AND they were covered in greenfly BUT they has an unusual red marbled effect and their perfume was gorgeous. I cut them for our September village show, shook the greenfly off, plonked them in a pewter teapot and went to the show. [I was rather ashamed of them in comparison to a really wonderful grower whose stems were long and straight and whose flowers were pale blue.]

I won first prize! My husband must have bribed the judges!! The note from the judge commended the smell and marble look. Funny old world.

19/03/2014 at 14:46

Just read page 23: Fab, Thank you. I've got so many sweet peas (brag, brag) of different colours etc that I'm going to try both ways. Last year I had dreadfully short blooms AND they were covered in greenfly BUT they has an unusual red marbled effect and their perfume was gorgeous. I cut them for our September village show, shook the greenfly off, plonked them in a pewter teapot and went to the show. [I was rather ashamed of them in comparison to a really wonderful grower whose stems were long and straight and whose flowers were pale blue.]

I won first prize! My husband must have bribed the judges!! The note from the judge commended the smell and marble look. Funny old world.

19/03/2014 at 16:45

I knew David would give you the info Lou. I'm sure what I said was a load of rubbish!  

19/03/2014 at 17:16

Not at all Fairygirl, you were spot on. Thank you.... not quite sure how I managed to post twice above!! Sorry everyone but thanks for the good sweet pea advice.

19/03/2014 at 18:38

Planted out my sweet peas. Only 12 of my original 36 that I asked about germinated. I sowed more, about half of them have come up. They have been in a cold frame for the last 2 weeks. 18° today, sunny. Looked happier in the cold frame, don't think they liked the windowsill.

19/03/2014 at 18:39

You're welcome, Louat......just try a few 'cordons' as it is a lot of work (or am I losing my enthusiasm?) You'll find the variety 'Cupani' has the strongest scent & is the daddy of them all.

Btw, it's perfectly normal for the stems to grow shorter as the season progresses. I've always found that sowing seed from specialist growers provide the best stems.

19/03/2014 at 18:44

This thread is getting a tad weighty now and it's becoming apparent that some useful information is inaccessible because of being too far back.

Please let me know if you would like me to start another one.  

19/03/2014 at 18:47
LouatLarches wrote (see)

I won first prize! My husband must have bribed the judges!! The note from the judge commended the smell and marble look. Funny old world.

 

Could have been me!