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Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 15:44
CathRJ wrote (see)

I am so pleased my comments at the beginning of the month have started something big! There seem to be enough interest to start a sweetpea growing thread so go for it! And hope lots more gardeners are inspired by David K! Enjoy! 

Cath - As I said in a previous post, sorry for hijacking your thread.

Have this bunch of sweet peas, Winner (red) and Just Jenny (purple).


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 12:09

"Any idea what i did wrong?" Nothing I suggest Aliesh....otherwise they would all be the same.

To be honest,  the weather has been pants (depending where you live) over the past few weeks, hasn't it? Certainly not the full-sun conditions sweet peas thrive on.

You could try giving them a foliar feed of liquid seaweed & pray for some sun.  I use this as tonic, not as a regular feed and is a jolly good tool to have in your locker....not just for sweet peas either.


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:18

As discussed on another thread in the 'Plants' section, I'm starting this for those who may need some help with their sweet peas.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:12

Well, it seems there may be sufficient interest to start a sweet pea thread...and to be honest I think we've hijacked this one for long enough anyway.

I think you'll agree that at this time during mid-season it isn't ideal to start a detailed guide to growing sweet peas. So perhaps it would be better to start a sweet pea queries thread in the Potting Shed as a temporary measure, to be replaced with a more comprehensive guide in the autumn.

Hope this is satisfactory.

 Sweet pea 'Dot Com'

Good Customer Service!

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 11:48

That is good PR, Pam and a company worth keeping in mind....thanks for sharing with us.

Shame you can't cut 'n paste here, I find it quite restricting myself. I have lots of files of useful information I've built-up over the years and now find I can't share this information which would be really helpful to those new to gardening.


Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 09:33

Perhaps not enough interest to make it worthwhile then!


Posted: 14/06/2012 at 19:52

I haven't tried a google search, but I do know that Egypt exports a huge amount of spuds and these are largely grown in desert areas.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 15:07
sotongeoff wrote (see)

David-I think you should do it if you have the time to answer questions- I do look on you as the sweet pear guru-but you are not getting a badge

I'm remarkably patient when it comes to answering queries, even when when they become repetitive....okay, I'll keep it in mind.

Badge? I get my reward by hearing from people who have grown their best sweet peas ever...I have even helped a few on to the exhibition circuit.

Soft seed potatoes

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 11:10 great to see you here! Hope things are well with you.

Soft seed potatoes

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:31
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Quite simple-plant the potatoes-don't fill the pot to the top just yet-and as they grow keep adding more soil until they reach the top- keep feeding and watering -hopefully a pot full of potatoes at the end


That's the traditional way, Geoff. Don't know if you know, there is more recent way of thinking that suggests just planting the tubers at the bottom of the pot & filling to the top with compost.

As a experiment I've tried both methods this year...this is some 'Rocket' grown by the latter method and harvested earlier this week:


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