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Music in the Garden

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:04
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Errr, I hate to tell you David but that was Dolly and Kenny Rogers  Agree though, it's a brilliant song.

I'm just listening to the top 100 80's countdown on Absolute 80s 

Yes, spotted my faux pas just in time to edit it, Tracey.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:56

I can see the problem, P..maybe you could tie some string around the canes at intervals of 3 or 4 ins, just for say the first soon as they start climbing they'll need no help.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:41

Yay! .....Dolly and Kenny Rogers, 'Islands in the stream' ....bootiful!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:20

Ommthree - I think you just need to be patient....It's still early days and I'm sure they'll catch-up when the nights are less chilly.



Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:17
4thPanda wrote (see)

David, in building my support for the peas, do I need horizontals as well as verticals for them to climb up?

Well, yes & no, Panda.....if it's a wigwam perhaps some pea-netting around the bottom or even some bushy twigs..... just something to get them climbing. Once they are about a foot or so high, they will climb up each other.

If I knew what type of support you were constructing, I could be more precise.

Support for cordon growing is entirely different. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:58

Just Googled sweet pea images and was quite surprised just how many of my own pics are on display there. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:21


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:44

On the subject of pinching-out sweet peas, although most of us understand it is to encourage them to produce side shoots and make for bushier plants.

However, I thought (although no-one will be remotely interested) I would explain why. Pinching-out encourages the plants hormones called auxins to move to the side or auxiliary tips……these auxins will produce growth for new and stronger growing tips.

 I really must try to get out more!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:21
rosemummy wrote (see)

Hi all question really for David,I wonder if I pinched out my sp,s too early? Should I pinch out any that look like they nedd to bush out again even if I,ve already done so? 


Of course you can, rosemummy....some people nip-out the growing tips several times.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:14


 For baby Linzy.


Linzy - Yes, those mini-greenhouses are fine for overwintering sweet peas...I've never owned one, but my only reservation would be their stability in strong winds. Of course, they offer no protection from cold, but sweet peas don't need it.....just protection from biting winds & rain.

The timing of seed sowing can be important. The knack is to get the seed geminated while there is sufficient autumn warmth and before the onset of really cold weather.

IMHO, much better plants result from seed germinated without artificial heat.

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