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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:57

Oh yes, they do post abroad and are noted for prompt dispatch of orders.

www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk/index.php

Edit: I've just taken a look at their terms of business and it seem the price of posting to Europe is £3.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:43

To each their own of course, but I've tried to emphasise lots of times the importance of buying quality seed......this is why I've recommended Eagle Sweet Peas with confidence. 

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:41

I would just add that it's a good idea to jot down the planting date, because as sure as eggs is eggs, there be lots of questions here later, asking 'how can I tell when my potatoes ready'.....truth is, you don't until you lift them, but the planting date is some sort of guide.

I work on first earlies taking between 10 to 12 weeks, some modern varieties mature earlier than others, but usually within these parameters......second earlies take 12 to 16 weeks.

Maincrop usually mature in about 20 weeks...or August/September in my own case.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:55

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Winter%20Wonderland/DSCN0174.jpg

 

I wouldn't...see what happened to me! 

 

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:45

Potatoes come as first earlies, second earlies and maincrop.

Either 'Swift' or 'Rocket' would be my recommendation for first early potatoes. 'Kestrel' or 'Maris Peer'  as second earlies and 'Maris Piper' or 'Cara' as maincrop varieties......but it's really down to individual taste. 

It seems generally accepted now that chitting only befits early varieties.

Planting times vary according to where you live, so best check with local gardeners when they plant theirs.

First & second early potatoes can be planted at the same time......it's just the maturing times vary. Maincrop will be planted about a month later.

Edit: The above is posted on the basis you say you have no knowledge of growing veg....others will find it quite basic.

 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 10:57
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

first batch was T&M , second batch was from Wilko, but only sown about 10 days ago.

 

I've never tried either of those.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 09:18

Sorry to hear this, both. Generally speaking I prefer mine to be slow to germinate as they usually make stronger plants.

Given favourable conditions, they only thing I can think of that may be hold them back is the quality of the seed or compost.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 08:05

"am I right in thinking we aren't meant to water them after sowing?"

That's not come from me, guv! ....only ever urged not to overwater during very cold weather, or may have even said better to underwater than overwater.

Have said quite a few times germination takes between 7 & 21 days, depending on prevailing temperatures.

I would think that outside would be preferable to wildly fluctuating temps from 40c to freezing.

broad beans and marigolds

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:24

Marigolds contain pyrethrum (that's the stuff with a pungent smell when you rub the leaves) the same stuff is processed and sold commercially as an insecticidal spray. 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:12
cairnsie wrote (see)

Would sweet peas i have sown in late december-early january be ok to plant out now or should i wait thanks

 

Yes, for sure...providing they've been grown without using heat, or are fully hardened off.

PS. 'Yes for sure'... they can be planted out now etc.

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