Sweet Pea Trial: Tales from Sian

A number of you have joined in with our sweet pea trial, we have #sweetpeabuddies (the hashtag for twitter) as far afield as the South of France and Canada all sowing now. You can still get involved by messaging us @lifeonpigrow or just by emailing us and we'll add your name to the growing list. We have heard from Sian, based in Wiltshire, who has been busy sowing. Here's her story that she sent us yesterday.


Sweet pea sowing, how the sweet peas should be labelled and kept warm.



I’m happy to say I planted my winter-sown batch of sweet peas at the weekend! I’ve gone for a mixture of Sarah Raven’s 4 favourite mixes: Harlequin, Opal, Venetian and Amethyst, hoping to get a wonderful range of colours as a result! I’ve planted up 32 rootrainers (8 rootrainers per mix, with the recommended 2 seeds per cell, so 16 of each mix in total!).

The pic is of my rootrainer set on the shelf in my greenhouse in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

I’m then planning to plant the same selection in Spring and see the difference in the results, exciting stuff – do winter sown really out-grow spring sown to the extent I hope?!

Sweet Pea Growing: Tales from Andrew in FebruaryWe are so happy that so many of you are emailing us your story of what you are sowing and your hopes for those seedlings. Please keep sending them in.

Sweet Pea Buddy Posts:
Sweet Pea Trial: Tales from Sian
Sweet Pea Trial: Tales from Cally

We ask that if you wish to blog for us about seed sowing that you let our readers know where you bought them and what varieties they are, unless you have saved your seed and no longer have that information. Thanks.

Opinions expressed here are personal. The seed packets from Sarah Raven and Seeds of Italy were received for free to review. Seeds from Dobies were purchased in 2012.