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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 13:35
4thPanda wrote (see)

David, I have some questions if I may. . . 

I have some toilet rolls which I have saved for growing my first ever sweet peas  What do I need to put at the bottom of the rolls to stop the compost coming out?

Do I use seed compost? (Stupid question that one!)I have some so that should be ok 

Once I have planted my seeds, where should I keep them? I have a shed and a placcie green house, no cold frame. I also have a kitchen window ledge.

How often should I water them - I had a disaster with all the seeds I tried last year - only 3 actual plants grew 

Many thanks for your patience 


Hi, Panda......I'm glad others have stepped in with answers re toilet roll planters, cos I've never tried them.

Other matters; Yes do sow the seed in seed compost, others have too much nutrient. Water after the seed has been sown and not again until they careful not to saturate and certainly don't water in very cold weather. 

Once you've sown your seed, try to fined somewhere cool indoors (maybe a unheated bedroom or porch) for the seed to germinate.....somewhere near 10c would be ideal.

Once the seeds have surfaced straight into your mini-greenhouse......any heat at this stage will result in leggy seedlings.

Finally, you say  "have some toilet rolls which I have saved for growing my first ever sweet peas" 

Not a good idea to re-use, I would have thought, because of passing on disease....all seedlings are prone to damping-off when dirty containers are used. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 11:41

Have to say it.....a lovely sunny calm day here in the West Midlands.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 11:34

They're looking really good, Ann.....I've grown them myself & can say you'll not be disappointed.

Ideal for cut flowers!

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:41

Reminds me.....must throw those Christmas nuts out!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:39
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Hi David, sorry I've not been on for a few days with one things and another.  My 'babies' are fine and fortunately no serious damage to our house, I've just not managed to get the greenhouse up yet. Thanks for your thoughts 


Quite understand, Tracy.

Keep  safe & the greenhouse can wait until later.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:34

Meomye - Sometimes I think to decide what is the best fertilizers to use for a specific purpose, it pays to know what it consists of.

Blood fish & bone has an NPK rating of 5-5-6.....meaning it has 5% nitrogen (for leaf growth) 5% phosphates (for root growth) and 6% potash (for flower growth).

 Which is really why it's known as a balanced fertilizer.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:08

Whooops,,,,,,slightly belated   love your lion pics, KEF.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:03

Good luck with your snapping, Ann. Quite a nice sunny day here too and I was thinking likewise.

In fact it may be a good day for me to fulfil a promise. Our camera club has had a request from a local hospice for photos of local villages to hang in the hospice.....guess who was first with their hand up? 

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 09:52
KEF wrote (see)

Looks a bit chilly to me David.

Probably, KEF....but certainly better than recent times.

Btw, my grandson  granddaughter are in the foreground. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 09:34

 Newquay (Cornwall) in calmer times.

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