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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 19:14
Warburton Pike wrote (see)

How I wish I had read this forum before I sowed my autumn sweet pea.  I seem to have done most of the wrong things as a result of which I have leggy plants which I probably sowed too early and didn't appreciate they didn't need extra warmth to  germinate in the autumn.  My only excuse is that I've never tried autumn sweet pea before and I that only joined the Gardner's World site last week.  I hope to do better next year!

Oh what a shame!  I do try to encourage people not to coddle them.

Perhaps all may not be lost, if you nip out the growing tips & we get some cold weather to steady their growth, they may be OK.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 17:29

Yes, just leave them in your plastic mini-greenhouse, they are perfectly hardy and don't need any form of heat.


The Canny Gardener

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 11:27

It has to be said that forums such as this are very vulnerable to misuse in this way.

The BBC gardening message-boards were not all that innocent either.....although theirs were usually confined to threads started by individuals (usually posting just once) extolling the virtues of Mr Don & Gardeners' World; whilst threads attempting to advertise were stamped on firmly.



Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:53

Don't shoot the messenger....much prefer a cup of cocoa meself......Anyway, I find my daily bowl of All Bran keeps me going.

Other matters, I was just querying the logistics of checking something like this:


Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:12

Baby Nigel:


Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 09:50

Still on the 'hibernating' theme, we were once again reminded to check our bonfires for hibernating hedgehogs.......anyone tell me how that supposed to work?

Anyway, baked hedgehog is supposed to be delicious!!!!

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 18:09

Can't see that there's much to miss really (except Nigel, maybe) know all about putting your leaves in a chicken-wire enclosure, or a plastic bag by now and putting them on a solid path and running over them with your Honda.....Not to mention that priceless annual about using two pieces of wood to lift them - he must think we're still walking around in a loin cloth, with a club in our hands.

I'll certainly not miss him propelling his wheelbarrow around, every Friday!


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 17:09

My copy has a price of £20 on the inside leaf.


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 13:41

Just to let you know, that there are 45 used copies of "Gardeners' World Through the Years" (Hardcover) priced at just 1p per copy @ Amazon.

This is an excellent book and has to be a bargain at the price.



Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:13

Yes, conflicting advice must be confusing to those just setting out.

Soaking sweet pea seeds is unnecessary, as is chipping them, which will probably result in a few expletives, not to mention cut fingers.

Experience has taught me to just 'crock' pots filled with soil based compost.

Hormone powder can be useful when taking some cuttings, but not all.

Because parsley is notoriously difficult to germinate (6 to 8 weeks) I personally think it is a good idea to soak the seeds overnight in warm water before sowing, or alternatively, pour freshly boiled water along the seed drills just before sowing......others may disagree.

Beetroot is another seed that soaking aids (IMHO) germination. Before sowing I soak the seeds in water for an hour or so. This softens the seedcase & removes any chemicals present which has so far stopped them growing.


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