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Orchid Lady

Hi Snowdrop, I have learned so much from this thread and David.  My key words to remember are DON'T MOLLYCODDLE  Apparently this is what ladies like to do, must be the mothering instinct (I'm presuming you are a lady, sorry!).  

I planted my seedlings out several weeks ago, some I 'forgot' about and yes I have lost a couple, not to slugs but to some form of wildlife trampling on them, but the rest (4!) are lovely and bushing out well.  The ones I have been caring for more are a bit more straggly although still starting to bush out!!

I have bought some seeds on David's recommendation, I am going to sow some and save the rest for Autumn sowings, I've never done that before but will be trying this year now I have expert advice.

In the next few days I will be sowing my direct ones, I am going to sow, put the poles in and leave 

Thanks David, yep horse manure is from Sept and doesn't smell at all which I believe is the test. Getting close to being ready to go now.

oh, so its still not too late to sew directly out? even in pots? maybe i'll try that.  i'm soooo tempted to go and buy plugs as i'm desperate for a beautiful flowers this year but i think the satisfaction will be so much higher if I grow from seed.

Orchard Lady, indeed I am a female (mum of 2 toddlers) so i think i'm just used to things being dependent on me and not used to the independence of sweetpeas  .

maybe i'll go and buy some bonemeal, prepare some soil and sew a fresh batch and hope for the best. I had a look at the Eagles website that i think David K recommended and was going to purchase to sew in autumn like you.


Orchid Lady

That's exactly the point David was making. I think Snowdrop LOL.  I am a of mum of 2 boys but not toddlers (unfortunately!) they are 15 and almost 13

Eagles is where I got mine from. I think it may be getting a bit late but I'm still going to sow some, it's not as late as last year for me as I thought you had to wait until after frost (ie end of May), it's no wonder they were rubbish!!


Steve 309

I got back from a fortnight away and found young plants in the pots where I'd sown the sweet peas.  I've pinched them out and am now hardening them off before planting out next week.  Thanks for your help David and others.

I MUST remember to sow them in the autumn!

Wigwams created, seeds sown, fingers crossed. Was going to post a pic but can't figure out how to do it?
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Click on the second icon in from the right, just above here       ^

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Grrrr!!!  You can see the one I mean!

Orchid Lady

Hanging basket sweet peas, now there's a thought for next summer 


Just wanting to ask will I be alright planting out my sweet peas I sowed in mid February they have 3 pairs of leaves now. I am growing spencer special, knee high and cupid. They have been in a cold frame since germination.

Thanks for any help

Ah, and it becomes obvious that I can't post a picture because I am using my phone and the option isn't available. Thanks tho!

hi david if you read this, my sweet peas benn out 2-3 weeks and most are bushing out a little but none are much taller than when i put them in, is this right? anything i should feed yet?