Sweet Pea, an essential part of my garden year. Even sowing them is an act of optimism, being as I place the gorgeous satisfying pea seeds into a pot now, in Autumn, to be planted out in early spring.
Here's my 'How To Guide'. You will need the following:
- Sweet Pea Seed
- Good sized pots
- Compost (maybe some added nutrition from Lou's Poo, Dried Alpaca Manure)
- Toilet Roll insides
- Plant Markers
Choose your seed. Personally I save mine from the best of my plants.
Gather good sized pots and half fill with compost. At this stage I add a small handful of Lou's Poo, Dried Alpaca Manure as my seedlings will be in these pots for at least 4 months. Remember alpaca manure is not a hot manure, it's gentle and won't damage the seedlings, plus it will take a while for their little roots to penetrate to this layer.
Choose your seed, I like to grow the same colour in one pot and another colour in another pot.
I generally only add a few seeds per roll.
Label each toilet roll. This seems extreme but in the spring, when you gently separate these rolls into their own good-sized plant pot, you'll be glad they are already labelled.
Water well and place in a sheltered area. Personally I don't put them in the greenhouse, I treat them as meanly as I can, though I do afford them the shelter of the walled garden. They need protection from slugs and snails and if there was a sustained frost I might cover them but otherwise don't molly-coddle them.
As soon as the seedlings get to be about 4" tall I pinch them out, nipping off any extra growth. I do this every so often, till early spring, I pinch them out again and again, letting them grow just a little bigger each time, to ensure strong, bushy plants rather than tall, sickly ones.
Go on, sow some sweet pea now, you'll be so glad you did next summer.