Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sowing Sweet Peas

Sweet Pea seeds sown in newspaper rolls
For a while there, it felt as if March would never arrive.  Still, it's becoming more evident that winter will be slow to release it's grip on us this year.  It's strange to think that the official start of spring is less then 3 weeks away.  And yet, temperatures have barely reached above 30 degrees all week.  During an ordinary year, my early spring greens would have been sown by now.  Unfortunately, the cold weather hasn't given me much motivation or incentive to do so yet.  Hopefully that will come this upcoming weekend.

At present, my mind has been focused on flower flowers flowers.  So much so that I haven't given much thought to blogging either, which I intend to rectify from this moment on.  During the past couple of weeks, I've been pricking and potting on all of the flower seeds I started back in early February.  (More on that in another post.)  And this past weekend, I decided to celebrate the beginning of March by sowing my sweet peas.  This particular medley is called 'perfume delight'.  Hopefully it lives up to its name.  This is my first time growing sweet peas so it will be interesting to see how their growth habit mirrors or differs from that of edible peas.  However, I have read enough to know that they require conditions amiable enough to allow them to develop strong, deep root systems, which is why I started mine in 6 inch rolls made from old newspaper.  Maybe one day I'll invest in a proper set of commercial root trainers, but for now, these will have to do.

While the cold weather lingers, things are definitely starting to ramp up on the seed-starting front.  Plans are being drawn (more on that later). Preparations are underway. More seeds have been ordered.  And before you know it, our planting season will be in high gear again.


  1. I may start my first seedlings today. Just some early ones. But spring doesn't look like it is coming anytime soon. I've never seen a March so cold.

  2. I am behind on my seed starting schedule this year, but it is not going to matter because there is about 2 feet of frozen snow still covering the garden. It is going to be a while until the beds are ready to plant. It was -9˚F early this morning.

  3. They do not differ from edible peas, except for being poisonous. The growth is the same. The deep growth means that you start them in time before any hot weather comes; they like a long, deep, cool root run. The sooner you can get them in the garden ground, the better.