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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 21:17

Something to try then David. Thanks for checking it out.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:07

I think you just nip out the growing tip Debra but wait until you have six sets of leaves.



Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 19:09

Before you start nipping folks, what do you make of this from the Black Country Society (

'If you plant the seed in a pot of good compost beginning of February, water well, cover with cling film keeping them at 60/65F., then when the plant has produced  six full leafs, cut them back so as to leave four leaves on the original plant, the piece you have cut off is extremely valuable since it contains the leader cell growth, in affect stem cells, dip this in hormone powder, and stand in a jar of water the hormone powder will stimulate growth to the extent that it will have a stronger root complex than the original plant, you do not have to use water you can plant direct into compost but you will not have the benefit of watching the root growth which takes 10 days, no other part of the Sweet Pea will allow cuttings. The most important thing is you must water the leafs every day until the roots appear'


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 17:42

Ooh lovely David, I hope mine do as well. I will put two per pot with the next lot it seems to work better than one.

Does anyone know if it's worthwhile making a trench for SP's and filling it with kitchen peelings etc as you would for a bean trench?




Posted: 03/02/2013 at 17:36

Ha ha Joe, you hit the nail on the head there " I can cut her privet hedge to perfection in about five minutes with the machine." Who needs electical power if you have parent power 

Ok, maybe I'm the preverbial cockeyed optimist but with the growing green movement I'd like to see someone try to bring back manual mowers, maybe brought up to date in cool colours, (check out what they're doing to jazz up shopping trolleys). My experience of buying electric lawnmowers is that they may be cheap but can't be repaired when they break down so just have to be replaced.We live in such a throw away society - apologies for being a grumpy old woman!



Posted: 02/02/2013 at 21:10

I've just completed the questionaire Luke.

I mentioned earlier about liking the idea of going back to manual equipment in the garden, not scissors or a scythe Joe, but something simple and non polluting. I was born in the fifties and have nostalgia for those Sundays when you would hear the gentle wirring of mowers and clip clipping of neigbours trimming their privet along with the smells of new mown grass.

Nowadays, even though many people have pocket handkerchief size lawns, my daughter included, they spend ages getting their electric mowers out and putting them away to do a five minute job. Why not start a renaissance in mowing and bring in a beautifully engineered push mower? At a time when we're supposedly threatened with an obesity epidemic the excercise would be a whole lot healthier and cheaper than gym membership and we might even enjoy peaceful Sundays once more.

I can really appreciate that this solution would not be for everyone, least of all professional gardeners like Joe, but might it just take off?


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 20:37

Hi Sotongeoff,

There are so many contradictions aren't there and fashions for example to soak or not to soak.  I'm starting to think that the best way to learn with gardening things is by trial and error.

I sowed sweet pea seeds a couple of weeks ago. I didn't soak the seeds, made 15 planting tubes out of newspaper (about three inches diameter), filled them with seed compost, watered the 'pots' then made a hole with my finger, popped in a single seed and tucked it in with a bit more compost, I guess approx 1/2" deep max. I kept them by the window in the spare bedroom keeping it at between 10-15 deg  Six of them were on the propagator and these germinated within six days when I put them straight into the cold greenhouse. I put the rest of them in the propagator (they had to take it in turns as my prop isn't a big one) and that bit of extra heat germinated them overnight. Now, apart from two that I'm guessing could be duds, all are out in the greenhouse and coming along fine. Oh, I put a polythene sandwich bag over each of them, turning the bag inside out and giving it a shake if they became too wet with condensation. Once they'd germinated I took the bags off completely.

I hope this helps. There is an RHS link on one of my postings above somewhere that I found useful. I'm planning to sow more in mid Feb as an insurance as these are for table posies for my daughter's wedding in August and I don't want to mess it up.

Good luck with yours. Carly


Posted: 30/01/2013 at 20:29

Well you have some good points there Joe but unless there are people out there like Luke who approach any project with imagination and flair we wouldn't get anywhere. I was in India not long ago and at a tourist attraction two women were each cutting the grass with a small knife, they gathered the clippings into a  basket.

Personally I'd happily go back to the old push mowers and hedge shears. The noise pollution from modern gardening equipment is atrocious- now there's a refinement that would go down well Luke,a silent lawn mower

Tackling erosion

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 21:01

Thanks everyone,

Joe, the cliff faces west but the house wall is about three or four feet in front of it so it is in shade for most of the day. The snow melt has brought down another couple of barrow loads and today I tried the idea of slates and roof tiles to support planting pockets but the earth covering isn't deep enough and I think I just made it more unstable. We're going to have another look at it once we have a dry spell and check out the soil depth/s. We're starting to think we need to just stabilise the top of the cliff and then let the rest of it find it's own level - it'll give my other half some excercise with the wheelbarrow 

Thanks Lizmac. your daughter's garden sounds lovely and would be a good idea for the less steep part of our slope where we need easier access for management. The bit that's causing the problems though is almost vertical and quite close to the house wall so there wouldn't be sufficient space for sleepers to go. One of our neigbours has done something similar though along a bank that is about six feet high. They have horizontal sleepers held up by vertical ones at regular spacings then a further horizontal sleeper is at ground level that has been cut to fit around the upright ones. I don't know if that makes sense but it looks great.

Trifid House, It sounds as though you have succeeded in getting somewhere with your slope. I have a long list of possible plants to use but Burnet is one I haven't come across. Which Burnet is it? I have found Salad Burnett which is described as having an invasive root system to compete with Ground Elder (which is actually what we WANT!) I have also come across Great Burnet. Some sites say it needs moisture but usually our soil is sandy and light, What conditions do you have?

Cheers, Carly


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 23:22

What do you think has been eating them Sinevegas? Could it be mice? It sounds as though they have done the nipping out for you!


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