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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 10:11

Hi,'s rather important not to subject them to too much artificial heat & light at this stage and I would suggest you put them into your coldframe now.

You say 'It is cold here', what kind of night time temps are we talking?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:29

Hello, Moby.

I wouln't be concerned about those sweet peas. Certainly don't pot them on, the root disturbance will do more harm than good.

Just nip out the growing tips & plant them outdoors in a couple of weeks time...try to make sure we have a few frst-free nights immediately after planting out.

BBC Archers Message-Board

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 11:04
obelixx wrote (see)

Nutcutlet - if you have Sky you can get BBC radio on your telly and a lot is available to listen to on-line too.

DK - why not start an Archers Potting Shed on here for refugees?   Those of us who don't follow the Archers can easily ignore it and those who do may find new friends.

Morning, Obs.....I would do that, but there is already a suitable alternative to fill the need.

Chat about 'The Archers' wouldn't be an issue anyway, as that was catered for in other parts of the forum.

BBC Archers Message-Board

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 09:52

Yes indeed! The Archers has been hanging on by its fingertips for a while, but has finally succumbed to the beeb’s desire to be rid of all message boards.

I feel particularly sad inasmuch TA has been part of my cyber life for more than a decade. However, I’m proud to have introduced & headed The Potting Shed to the forum, which has been successful & I know will be missed by many.

I won’t miss the beeb’s dictatorial style of moderation. This forum and other similar ones, prove that harmony can exist without heavy handed intervention of the hosts



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Posted: 10/02/2013 at 10:13

Figs, fencing & flower arranging......not for me this week. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 19:50
debra kazalski wrote (see)

Hi David, I was hoping you would answer my post ,you know so much about sweet peas and I am trying not to mess up . so far so good.Thanks Debra

You'e very welcome, Debra.

It seems when people start out on sweet pea growing , they want to lavish care & attention on them and this is exactly the wrong thing to do. If subjected to warmth in the early stages they will become weak & drawn.

They are extremely hardy and will produce robust strong plants if they are not mollycoddled.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 13:44

Dare I say? Almost springlike here in Staffordshire today.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 09:39
debra kazalski wrote (see)

Hi all, I have started my sweet peas in loo rolls .Should I put them in darkness for them to germinate Thanks Debra


You  could cover them with a sheet of glass & a sheet of cardboard/newspaper over the top (just until the first few poke through) then remove it. But for an easy life, they will be just fine anywhere in temps of around 10C.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 09:36

Well to be honest, Bev, I don't usually grow mine in containers as they are very deep rooted and do much better in deeply dug soil in the garden. However, sometimes needs must. I have grown wigwams in he past of similar  dimensions, for that I have spaced the canes about 30cm apart & two plants per cane....this should give some basis to work it out.

Don't worry worry about them being on the thin side, they will soon bulk up when they are planted out & start growing properly.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 21:49

Yes, start them off now, Debra, with gentle heat (not more than 10C) a unheated spare bedroom is about right. Then outside in a cold frame or similar as soon as the poke through.

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