Do you still love the scent of sweet peas? Nostalgic and romantic and sow easy to grow... excuse the pun! Growing sweet peas is not tough. You couldjust poke a seed in the ground and wait and you would actually get pretty good results too. But this is certainly not the way to get the bestresults.
Time to sow
There’s no doubting that the best time to sow seeds is in the autumn. This mimics Mother Nature’s timing as the seed from the spent annuals falls to the ground. Most of the seeds for the vibrant winter selection are planted from March into April including Sweet Peas. One of the nostalgic and most iconic spring flowers they are incredibly easy to grow from seed and besides being economical it also makes for a fun gardening project for kids.
Growing sweet peas is not that complicated. A well prepared soil with compost, organic fertiliser and a dusting of agricultural lime give them the best start.
Sweet peas lend a cottage feel to gardens and are well suited to the #StreetSavage trend in garden design. They are often grown on bamboo tripods, but they will gladly grow through shrubby plants or on a pea net against a wall.
They also work incredibly well in a vegetable garden, attracting bees and other pollinators needed in the vegetable garden where you need them most. They can be grown along the fence or mixed in with the broad beans.
Sweet peas are climbers bearing clusters of flowers in a wide variety of colours including red, pink, blue, white and lavender. The stems appear folded and the flowers resemble fringed butterflies, selected for their vibrant colours and intense fragrance. They have a long season of bloom and make excellent cut flowers.
Sweet pea vines have tendrils and will attach themselves to most any type of support with meshing or lines. Regular deadheading or cutting for display, will keep them blooming longer.
Sweet peas require regular watering, especially as the temperature increases into spring. They prefer a somewhat rich soil and thrive on high nitrogen fertiliser. BioGanic or Multifeed classic monthly will be just what they need most.