SWEET peas, cut fresh from the garden are high on the list of the most popular cut. It is often said that modern have lost their scent, but this is just not true. There are many varieties – and they are so marked in the seedmen’s catalogues – that have a powerful scent.
Sweet peas are really very. For ordinary garden purposes they are grown either in a row, up pea sticks, in small of say half a dozen plants again supported on pea sticks, or if you want to grow superb , they are trained as single up bamboo canes. The last method is, however, really only for keen growers who want to produce prize-winning flowers.
If the soil is workable,may be sown in late March. Sow the seeds I inch deep every 2-3 inches along the row. If all the seeds germinate, thin the to leave the plants 6 inches apart. If the unwanted are lifted carefully with a trowel, they may be transplanted to other parts of the garden.
Alternatively, seeds may be sown in a circle, say 2 ft. in diameter. Againthe seeds about 3 inches apart and thin the seedlings to 6 inches apart.
When the young plants are 3 inches high pinch out the growing tip. Put short twiggy sticks to the plants at this stage, and when they have made about 1 foot of growth put in the tall pea sticks. Sometimes sweet pea seeds fail to germinate because their skins are too tough. To soften up the skins, soak the seeds in cold water for 24 hours before. Then you should have a really good germination.
Sweet peas need good rich soil to succeed. So dig the ground thoroughly and work inor hop manure. Also they love plenty of light, so them in an open away from trees.