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Posted: 18/07/2016 at 23:17

You dont say when you planted out your sweet peas; mine are now at the top of eight foot canes and apart from keeping ourselves supplied with flowers we have given 30 bunches away to neighbours; I will admit I am growing 300 plants.  Sweet peas like a lot of water when growing, rain water if possible, if they start to dry out the leaves start to get parched, this also happens if they get wind scorched. You can try an high nitrogen fertilizer to start to see if the leaves change then move on to a phoshate one to encourage flowers.  Good luck

Peat based composts

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 22:47

Thanks Tootsietim, you have reminded me of what I had forgotten, i did say initially ut a senile old man out of his misery 

Peat based composts

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 19:41

Come on guys be serious, I initially asked if you thought bags of multi purpose compost containing 40,50 or 60% peat, what peat was it, sedge peat or moss peat?

If you buy an azalea  or rhododendron it requires an ericaceous compost to survive ie, peat based, but you could be mistaken and plant it in sedge peat and kill it off.

What are we buying at garden centres?

Sweet peas

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:09

I agree with Fairygirl, strong winds can bleach the leaves if the plants have been in a sheltered environment.

Sweet peas are a hardy flower and will stand down to 5 degrees of frost if they have been raised hardy, once the seeds germinate put them out in a cold frame and only cover if there is to be a severe frost. My first sowing was Christmas week, the second sowing, second week of January, both sowings in a cold green house, the second sowing as caught up the first, both lots have been planted out two weeks now, nearly 300 plants and they have had there first tie in to the cane.

Peat based composts

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:55

Whatever anyone says, I have always been a great believer in using  Irish Moss Peat as an additive to my potting compost.

This last week I visited my local garden centre, among other things purchased 3 bags of there multi purpose compost containing 60% peat, getting home and opening the first bag, a thought struck me, this peat content was not moss peat but sedge peat, something completely different, am I right in my thinking? If I am right, my understanding is, sedge peat is of no benefit to ericaceous plants and trees.

Someone please put a senile old man out of his misery.



Posted: 06/08/2015 at 23:08

Good of you to respond WonkyWomble, how do I get in contact with this DavidK


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 19:54

I grow sweet peas, I should say my wife and I grow sweet peas. I sow the seed prepare the ground erect the canes and plant the plants, then my wife takes over, tying up and removing the tendrils, then we both enjoy the harvest. But I would like to give my wife an easier time next year, by sowing tendril free seed.    Does anyone know where this can be obtained?

Fuchsias! to prune or not to prune?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:04

I think it is up to the individual, the fuscias I have in the garden I have a tendency to cut down to ground level. If left to their own devices the sap is slow to rise and the stems can look unsightly and this is at a time when we want the garden to start looking nice and fresh. Many of the old stems are irregular and crossing over each other, so a good prune is necessary anyway and the sap does not always reach the ends of the old stems, so they have to be trimmed off.

Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 20:16

I have tendency to shop around, Up to 2 years ago I did a little showing at local shows, then I would pay the extra money for the F1 seed, but now at the age of 75 I look after the pennies and still get good results. Country Value seeds and those obtainable from Lidyl's can give you good results. My Runner Beans and Broad Beans I buy loose weight from a local garden centre, if I decide on peas I do the same, buy as many or as few as you need. This year germination has been excellent, Dwarf Beans from Lidyl's 2 rows planted a week ago, 90% already showing. Carrots, at the moment I have sown two lots of Early Nantes, 50% germination 1st sowing near on 100% on the second, this is Kings seed. Onions I grow from sets, 4 six metre rows I have lost 3 bulbs. Parsnips are always a little dodgy and tempermental, you always want fresh seed, even then its hit and miss. I have a 50% germination on 1st sowing which is not good enough so have resown, early days yet, fellow allotment holders have had the lack of success, maybe the season. Some Sweet Peas have been my problem, I buy the best seed and am growing just over 300 plants this year. Three packets of seed bought(15seeds to the packet) 1 packet no germination the other 2 packets 30% germination, I contacted the seller and received 3 free packets by return, still no germination on the 1 but an increase to 50% on the other two. Today 26 May picked my first flowers.


Copper for deterring slugs

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:40

Many thanks to you all for your comments, it's strange that some have success with copper and others don't

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