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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:48


 ....further to my previous post, I'm posting this pic to show how the pinching-out process has encouraged new shoots to grow from the base, thus bushier plants.

PS. Two plants in the pot and the new shoots are the paler green ones either side.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:25

Morning, Tracy & Louise.

Louise - Tracy is quite right, I posted pictures of the nipping-out process on page 24 of this thread.

Please don't worry about me having to repeat really doesn't bother me.

Book/leaflet, not sure about that.....there people in the sweet pea growing fraternity far more able & qualified than me.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 22:34

I have a large hazel hedge at the bottom of my garden and snip a few twiggy bits from that.....perhaps put your secateurs in your pocket, next time you walk the dogs.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 22:22

Good luck for the weekend, Tracy. Don't be disheartened by your present SP efforts. it was always going to be difficult without even the basics.

Btw, 'twiggy bits' are,  erm just bits of twig pushed into the soil around the plants to stop them flopping over.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:03
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)
Well 2 of the ones I planted out yesterday haven't got eaten but they are broken Oh well, just as well they were only cheap and I have a back up plan!!

Oh dear!  Did you support them with a few twiggy bits, Tracy.....and how's the new greenhouse progressing?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:08

Hi, pinkquartet....This thread is rather long now, so I can understand if anyone misses things I have posted. However, I did post a piece on cordon growing on page 23.

I would imagine (if the soil is workable) they could be planted out now.......try to protect against cold winds until they have become established.



Camera Corner

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:54

 Just a flurry really, but it was a pretty little location.

mossy beds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:50

Moss can indicate several conditions in the garden.

A high acidity, pH 5.0 to 5.5 is ideal for growing moss. A simple soil test will determine your soil pH……add lime if it is acidic.

It may be low fertility….soil that is nutrient poor and/or unfertilized encourages moss growth.

Soil compaction (a byproduct of constant rain)….moss can grow easily on compacted areas.

Or maybe shade….moss needs shade, from buildings, trees or even the shade of a densely planted flowerbed.



Camera Corner

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:53

Thanks for sharing those pics, Tracy & Fairygirl.....bootiful! 

Tracy, I think your black backgrounds have improved you orchids tons.

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:49

Flora....sorry to mention this, but don't light a match if anyone in your house has a little indiscretion.

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