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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 21:21

Carole - There are both perennial & annual sweet peas, although I would guess that as yours being grown in a window-box are annuals...probably a dwarf variety as normal sweet peas would soon swamp a window-box. Perennial SPs are extremely rampant, so I doubt if yours are those.

Oddly enough, both usually die-back in the autumn. It's usual to cut back perennials to ground level (they will regrow from the base in the spring) and dig out annuals completely. 

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 10:16
Gardengirl.. wrote (see)

Next weeks one will be good letter B all the beans which are good to grow, beetroot I never manage to grow this very well. Will probably watch on iplayer good that way. 

Sorry you didn't get your beans, but you did get your beetroot in plenty.

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 10:12

Yes, happymarion, the blind allotmenteer truly was an inspiration. As someone who has dabbled in home wine-making, I can confirm that beetroot does make an excellent wine, as does other root's down to the sugar content.

I've been very critical of GW in the past, even feared for its future. But here we are, Aunty had the answer already in the can all the time. It's the format that makes this series a winner (IMHO) and an added bonus that we can enjoy it in the depths of winter.

'Superb'....yes indeed!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 19:33


Carol Klein's, Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 19:15
Johnboy2 wrote (see)

Yes I have it on record, I missed it last year, look forward to seeing it.


Stand by for a treat. 

Carol Klein's, Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 17:34

Tonight 8:30pm - 9pm BBC2 & HD, Repeat Sun 13 Jan 8:15am - 8.45 BBC2.

A repeat of Carol's inspirational series first shown in 2011.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 12:26


Rosa carriola wrote (see)

I have more than 3 pairs of leaves. Should I pinch now or wait until snow has gone. They are not leggy. Followed your advice all the way and pleased with success so far. Thabks.


Inasmuch as leaving an open wound to heal during frosty weather isn't good for the plants, I would wait until there is a window of 3 or 4 days of frost-free days &  nights.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 18:23

They sound fine to me, need to nip out the growing tips until they have 3 pairs of leaves.

Anyway, the weather is set to turn colder soon and this nipping out is best done during a mild spell.

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 17:59

Great to see you around, Toonia.....hope you're keeping well.

Touch of the Mr Darcy about CB soaking wet??

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