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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 18:37

Gardengirl - I only grow my sweet peas in the open ground and for this I prepare this ground during the winter. This involves deep digging with the addition of well rotted manure At planting-out time I add blood/fish & bonemeal at the rate of one handful per sq yd.....then no further feeding.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 17:19

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/60892.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

Yes, have I've seen that, Bookertoo and old photographs of it ....Paxton also introduced the the forerunner of our present day conservatory.......calling it 'my conservative wall', as above.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:46

You're very generous, Tootles......this is the tinternet however, where everything needs to be treated with caution. Having said that, I suppose I have done this stuff for some time and peeps have had success.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:42

Happy memories, Frank & Bookertoo.

I love Chatsworth & everything about it and have taken the trouble to study its fascinating history...the beautiful gardens were laid-out by Joseph Paxton.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:24
Tootles wrote (see)

Thanks David. I think it's a trip to the garden centre for me then! And then perhaps a coffee and slice of cake whilst there (I don't need much tempting!).

 

Please don't incur additional expense on my account, Tootles.....some may disagree with me.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:15

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0866.jpg

 

My own sweet peas prior to planting out in March.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:09
Tootles wrote (see)

Do you watch family fortunes? I can hear that honk noise when 'the survey said....X' !

I'll nip them out anyway.... And start again with some fresh ones! Take two!

Sorry about that, Tootles.....sometimes it's difficult to say it how it is, but if I didn't this would all be a bit pointless.

Btw, I would suggest your pots are not deep enough and pale colour suggests lack of light. Also if you have used multipurpose compost, would account  to some extent for the excess growth.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:26

Tootles - Sorry to say that these were started far too early, which is why they so drawn and leggy.

If it were me, I would start again, but if you want to persevere with them, pinch-out above the first pair of leaves. 

Sorry! 

PS. I note your greenhouse seems to be located next to a brick wall, perhaps this is causing them to be drawn towards the light.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:15

Gardengirl - I would sow 2 seeds per cell. If you intend them for showing then remove the weakest seedling....or for cut flowers, retain both.

You say you hope to have your cold-frame built by the end of October. Perhaps I should say here that autumn sown seed are best germinated outdoors in their winter quarters.

Of course they can be germinated indoors, but this is where legginess problems begin.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:59

Think it will probably be a late October sowing for you, Gardengirl....I would recommend JI Seed compost, but it's up to you, of course.

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