Sweet Peas

8th October 2008

Sweet Dreams with Sweet Peas

Sweet Dreams with Sweet PeasIt’s time to sow sweet peas to ensure a multitude of blooms when spring arrives. With their sweet scent and bright colours, these spring favourites are the perfect way to herald in a new season of growth in the garden.

How to get your Sweet Peas off to a good start :

  • Choose a sunny, wind-free spot in your garden. A garden bed next to a north-facing wall is ideal. Secure wire mesh to the wall so that the sweet peas have a structure to climb on to.
  • Dig a 40cm deep trench along the length of the wall. Test the drainage of the trench by filling it with water to see how quickly it drains. If it does not drain easily, dig deeper and add a layer of pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the trench before topping with a layer of soil.
  • Mix the top soil with compost, superphosphate and bone meal before returning it to the trench.
  • Sow sweet pea seeds 10cm apart and water regularly to keep the soil moist.
  • When the first shoots appear train them up onto the wire to encourage upright growth.
  • You can pick the blooms as soon as they appear. The more you pick them, the more the plants will flower.
  • Sweet peas make excellent cut flowers – they last for up to two weeks in water and spread their lovely scent into the rooms of your home.