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Posted: 05/02/2018 at 11:18

I think Iain has nailed the problem. As he says try nipping out the growing tips to promote sideshoots and give them as much light as you can. 

Sweet peas are very cold tolerant and don't need any cosseting during the winter other than protection from extreme wet and cold winds. Basically a well ventilated cold greenhouse or cold frame is all they need. As the days lengthen acclimatize them to being outside to get them ready for planting around mid March depending on your location. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 10:42

Light dusting of snow, sun is shining now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 18:06

Drove to the beach at Camber Sands this morning, in the space of a couple of hours we had bright sun, then dark clouds with rain and hail and back to sun. 

pet companions

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 16:22

Thanks Shep and Logan. When she was a pup she would tiptoe around puddles.Once she gained her confidence she loves it, still doesn't like having her feet washed though.

pet companions

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 13:46

 A happy Floss on the beach.

Slug issue - looking for a dog/bird friendly resolution

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 18:03

I agree with Dove, they have made a big difference on my allotment over the past couple of years. Don't apply too early as they need soil temps over 5°C. 

My tomato plants aren't growing

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 16:02

Are you in the UK? The plants look very ' drawn'. 

What is your favourite plant?

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 11:06

Good question but I don't think I could pick one above all others. Some plants bring back find memories others are fabulous in their own right. I do make straight for the Alpine house whenever we visit Wisley. I love the variety and early in the year the range of colours on display is fantastic, I especially like Gentians, I love the intensity of the blue. 

When to sow sweetpeas

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 10:59

If it's of any help I live in the South East, I have some Autumn sown ones which will be planted around mid March and at the same time I will sow some more in a cold greenhouse to help extend the season. As Kitty says it's very much dependant on your location.


Posted: 03/02/2018 at 10:55

From my experience the green polytunnels are fine as regards growing fruit n veg. The main drawback is they tend to have a limited lifespan. The covers deteriorate and 3 seasons tends to be the max if they don't tear before then. The clear ones are a different proposition and the cost reflects this, more robust and built to last . I now have a couple of second hand greenhouses which I have to say are much better than the green polytunnels I had before.

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