Posts Tagged ‘sweet peas’

New Cold Frame!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender February 5, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
Woodchips for the paths.

As the sun was shining on Saturday we decided to make the most of it and spend a couple of hours down on the plot. Having spent so little time there in the past month because of the snow and rain, it was good to check on how our veggies were faring and catch up with some of our fellow allotmenters. Most things are doing well and have survived the snow, which was good to see, although we have lost most of our purple sprouting broccoli to some sort of pest. I can’t fathom out what it could be, the early sprouts of broccoli have been all but devoured and lots of the leaves in the centre of the plant have been stripped to the stem. It looks like the sort of damage that slugs could have done, but isn’t it too cold for them this time of year?! But our broad beans, swiss chard (‘B

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The cutting garden

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender February 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments

In terms of pure unadulterated pleasure there are few things that can rival a cutting garden in full bloom. Imagine masses of blooms in various colours and textures, the buzz of bees and butterflies, a heavenly scent (if you’ve planted scented flowers) and the sense of pride that comes with knowing you’ve created this. Then you choose the blooms that a ripe for the picking and you take them in to your home to be admired from the comfort of your armchair safe in the knowledge that you’ve not broken the bank, incurred miles of travel and you know exactly what has gone in to producing your bouquet. For the well-organized and keen gardener you can start your cutting garden right now with early indoor sowings of many annuals that can be grown on in a sunny space or under the cover of

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Growing and Sowing Sweet Peas

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 25, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

Sweet peas are as popular as ever, and nowadays a wide range available, both old fashioned heirloom varieties and modern, long stemmed cut flower varieties too. Most of the flowers are highly scented and have a long flowering period, especially if taken care of (will expand on that a little later). Sowing: Many experienced gardeners sow the sweet pea seeds in the autumn (September-November) into a cold frame/unheated greenhouse and then plant them out later in the spring when the soil warms up a bit. This is not advised in the North of the country though. You better off sowing the sweet pea seeds in the spring, in March and then plant them out to their final position when the seedlings are 5-7 inches tall. The sweet pea seeds have hard coats. To aid the germination the seeds can b

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