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23/04/2014 at 09:44

I watched the first Allotment Challenge the other day and wondered if you had watched it David, what did you think of the Sweet Peas and the advice?  I didn't see it right to the end though so no-one tell me who goes 

23/04/2014 at 10:15

Just sown my first sweet peas. Soaked the seeds overnight (read that somewhere) and put them in fibre pots with coir pellets in the base (worried about soli quality when I plant out).  what im worried about is them getting too hot/dry. They are in a cool-ish store room with a window and i plan to set them in the afternoon sun daily. they are well watered. Any tips? 

23/04/2014 at 16:25

Hello, Emma. I have a fair grasp of growing sweet peas here in the UK, but in the absence of any knowledge of your climate, I'm not sure what advice to offer.

I do have a friend who emigrated to Cyprus a couple of years ago......despite her best efforts, she hasn't managed to grow them successfully.

23/04/2014 at 20:28

OL I watched last week they said frost damaged them and i just thought of David! got next episode on planner for next nap  time think they're doing rose, hoping to pick up tips!

23/04/2014 at 22:08
23/04/2014 at 22:38

Ok  David, I'll catch up.  I think I stopped reading that as I hadn't watched it and didn't want to read any spoilers 

24/04/2014 at 17:20


Hanging basket sweet peas were mentioned a little while ago, so I thought I would post this to give the general idea.

This is of a 14in basket, taken about March last year.

03/05/2014 at 17:29
Whoop I have seedlings- roughly a 50% germination rate at the moment, with one variety noticeably fewer. Slug traps deployed and support strings in place.
03/05/2014 at 17:34

My sweet peas are, at last, starting to grow.

03/05/2014 at 17:48

Regarding the hot climate question…. didn't I read somewhere that they are native to Sicily?

03/05/2014 at 21:29
ommthree wrote (see)

Regarding the hot climate question…. didn't I read somewhere that they are native to Sicily?

True...discovered by a Sicilian monk, but the average temperatures are similar to here in the UK.  

07/05/2014 at 07:04

mine lookj like all survived early slug onslaught, just tied loosely in, all about 5 ins tall, just waiting now...

07/05/2014 at 08:42

The average temperature in Sicily in Jan and Feb is 13° and July and Aug is 29°, so perhaps they grow earlier in the year.

08/05/2014 at 18:00

The ones I grew indoors and planted out are doing great now, have lost a couple but on the whole they are growing really well.

However, the ones I have sown direct are only just peeping through and I don't think they will all germinate  Will they catch up, they seem so tiny I can't ever imagine them being big??

08/05/2014 at 18:24

They should be fine...will just flower a little later, that's not so bad as they'll probably keep flowering well into the autumn.

08/05/2014 at 21:05

Thank you 

09/05/2014 at 21:27


My first SP flower buds are showing and I've been asked if I would like my name to be registered for a sweet pea to be named after me....I'm honoured.

09/05/2014 at 21:46
Wow, that's really something. Congratulations.
09/05/2014 at 21:49
linzy wrote (see)
Wow, that's really something. Congratulations.


The buds?

09/05/2014 at 21:55

Fantastic achievement David and one to be truly proud of, I hope my buds appear soon too 

In all seriousness I think it is an achievement well deserved, if only for all the advice you've given us on here.  What will it be called - David? Or Mr Snail?