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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.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:44
Ashleigh 2 wrote (see)

Hi David, the weather here is lovely at the moment 13c day 6c at night but predicted to drop next week to 7c day and -2 night. I'm itching to direct sow some sweet peas , is it too early?

Ashleigh - Before answering this, I decided to take a soil temperature reading in  my own garden (the Midlands) and it seems to be around 50f (10c) at the mo. *This would be fine for sowing SP seed...if they were to be sown in pots of compost, even more okay.

*Expect seed to surface after 2 or 3 weeks in these conditions.  

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:51


Fairygirl wrote (see)

Isinglass - isn't that where the Hobbits were going?...

I'll get my coat...


Nah! That was Islington.

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:47

 ...and for the record isinglass is obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish. 

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