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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 16:20

CluelessGardener wrote (see)

sorry david yes in open ground 



Not easy to say unless I see & feel your soil, James. My soil is basically clay, but over a period of 50 years of deep cultivation is in good heart and I don't add grit.....even for exhibition blooms.

Sweet peas like a sunny aspect and plenty of water at the roots, so unless there's a risk of them standing in boggy ground, I would say no.

Geoff Hamilton once said 'I wouldn't swap me Barnsdale clay for any of that free draining sandy stuff'. 


Camera Corner

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 16:08

Brumbull - no wish to be negative about your pics and thank you for posting them. However, although the sunset is reasonable, of the others, one lacks definition and the remaining two are terribly blue.....perhaps setting the white balance would have helped with those.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:50

James - I've grown all those varieties (have pic 'black knight' somewhere) and they have done well.

Henry Eckford of Wem did a lot to develop the sweet pea during the Victorian era.

Also you say, 'Also David would you add grit to the soil? I have clay', again not sure if you mean in the pots or open ground.


Camera Corner

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 11:00

Forrest sunset:


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:31
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

that's it I'm going to make a newspapper pot maker extra deep with a filling tool at the weekend 


I wouldn't, James....there's still plenty of time to sow.

Now I need to club night.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:25
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I would say just shy of 3 inches tall


Ah, not ideal!

Order some of these ASP and you'll probably get them in a week.....mention my name and even quicker.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:20
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

Bugger My are 21/2 by 5" when flat bugger bugger bugger

I bought 100 of the wrong size. But that's me all over should of asked before I ordered


Not to worry, they will be absolutely fine.....promise!

Where did you buy them from?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:14

Just measured mine (don't we have fun)  They are 3" dia x 6" deep.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:06

Got ya....well, as you probably know, sweet peas are very deep rooted and therefore need pots with a deep root run......this is why some people opt for loo roll inners.

I use this type of thing made from black plastic sheet, very cheap & effective.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 16:55

Hello, James.....just need a little clarification. Are these the pots for sowing seed, or for planting out?

I usually prepare my SP beds in the autumn. I take out a trench about 18" deep & 2ft wide and add manure in the bottom (horse muck will do fine) then back-fill.


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