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Hardening Off Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:24
Verdun wrote (see)

Don't  grow many annuals...more skillful than it seems. David, that's excellent ...almost   tempts me to grow some. 


These bluddy sweet peas haunt me!

Well, Verdun if I lived in your beautiful location, it's what I would be doing.

I sometimes feel that gardening is as difficult as we care to make it.

Hardening Off Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:24

I'm just a lazy gardener (albeit with a modicum of success)...can't for the life of me understand for instance why anyone would want to soften sweet peas (I do grow other things, btw) and then have to acclimatise them to he great outdoors actual fact they can be sown outdoors in October where they are to flower. 

Hardening Off Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:38

 PS. This is a bed I planted of summer annuals.....I merely bought several packets of seed very cheaply at the end of the season, sowed them directly into the border, no greenhouse, no coldframe, no hardening-off.

I will admit to buying a few cheap geranium & bedding begonia plugs.

Hardening Off Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:24

OL, 'fraid there isn't a one size fits all, when it comes to this subject. It will usually have letters on the seed packets that represent the hardiness of your chosen plants i.e. sweet peas will have HA printed on the packets.....this indicates they are 'hardy annuals'...but we know they are hardy, didn't we?  ....others will say HHA, this translates to half hardy annuals, meaning they can be planted out after no more frosts are expected etc.

Tomatoes Cucumber Aubergines & Chillies are not normally hardened-off, because they are grown under glass for the duration. They can be grown outdoors, but this is something undertaken during the warmer days of summer.

Marigolds Lobelia & Morning Glory can be started under glass before being hardened-off by putting in a codframe for a couple of weeks before being planted into their permanent positions....leaving the top off during the day & replacing it at night.

Hostas & hardy geraniums no problem with those.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:50
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

TLC.....for sweet peas.....but my expert teacher said no TLC.  This must be someone else in disguise telling me to change my sweet pea care habits 


Yes, but now the growing 'n flowering is about to begin.....a different scenario need to hold them back/neglect now.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:42



 Went intending to take bluebell pics today, sadly they're not quite next week maybe.

Took a few random shots round & about.





Camera Corner

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:34

Is that a really butterfly??

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:33

Don't know how to break this to you, OL... but hereon your SPs do need plenty of TLC, keep well watered and when they start to flower, a weekly feed of high potash feed.

The reason for previous 'no coddling' was to stop them becoming leggy & weak.

I'll get me coat!


Gardening Book

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:59


Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Thanks David, I'll save my money and just keep asking you then 

Now, I need some tips on hardening plants off..........


Did I ever let you down, Old Lady???.....Serves you right for changing your name!

Gardening Book

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:53

It's my belief that you can't really learn gardening from books.....there is no substitute for experience and there is an enormous amount of that on this forum, available just for the asking.

I've been asked several times (including this forum) to consider writing a book about growing sweet peas, but the idea doesn't appeal.

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