David K

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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:54

As a general remark, I would add that when seed companies state  on the back of their packets to sow in autumn or specify different months, it should be understood that the back of a seed packet doesn't offer them much scope.

By way of explanation I would say that autumn sowing of sweet pea seed is a balancing act and being so, no definitive time can be given for sowing.

The best case scenario is to sow the seed and as soon as it has germinated hope for the onset of cold weather to keep them from putting on further growth.....the general idea being that in October (or whenever) there is still sufficient natural warmth to germinate the seed before the onset of winter......in other words the optimum time. 

With the above in mind (and with a little practice) it's advisable to sow according to the existing weather, not  a particular week/month.


Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:34

 You're moving too fast, Liam.....it's a tad early to be thinking of feeding them.

Having said that, you could help the situation in the preparation of your trough......add some well rotted manure to the mix.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:16

You're welcome, Liam.

I would imagine 15" deep for your trough would be an absolute minimum....20" would be better.


Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 08:56

Hi, Liam

Perhaps it would be best to answer your query step at a time.

First of all, living in Staffordshire I'm roughly in the same place re seed sowing times. I would say that rather than setting your mind on sowing those seeds in early October, wait to see what the prevailing weather is like.....sometimes mid-November is more favourable. Sowing too early will result in the seedlings being too developed going into winter.

Apart from sowing in deep pots such as grow-tubs (I prefer the (plastic bag) type sold by Eagle) I would recommend using seed compost rather than multipurpose.

I like your trellis project, but as sweet peas are both deep rooted & hungry feeders the trough you mention will need to be as deep as possible.

Those dwarf SPs would be better sown in the spring, then sow as with others.

Regarding those packets in your pic, the only ones I have experience with are Unwins, who are a reputable company who have always sold good quality SP seed.

Good luck.

Could I just add (I've posted this before) if anyone  has any queries about growing sweet peas, could you please use this thread rather than send them in a PM to me...it makes sense, as everyone then shares the information.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 12:52
star gaze lily wrote (see)


Sorry David only just seen this.

I imagined you (like almost half a million other YouTube users, over a couple of days) would enjoy it, Lily.

Something about dads & daughters.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 09:02

Absolutely lovin this!


Dad wrote it & sings it to his baby daughter.

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 21:49
star gaze lily wrote (see)

What a very pretty girl David, lovely pic.

Wait until your little treasure is that age, Lily.

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 21:12

googled pic

Audrey Hepburn was a stunner from my era....this is her gorgeous granddaughter.

In the genes, as they say.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 16:04
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Can't see Daniel staying very long obelixx, got a feeling he might go first.


The intrigue of it all!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 12:38
star gaze lily wrote (see)

David........I didn't want Caroline to win either 


Now there's a surprise, Lily.  

She was good, but was (unlike Frankie) already a trained dancer before joining the show. 

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