Sweet Pea Growing: Tales from Andrew in February

It's  February and back in mid-October we sowed the last of our sweet peas. This year we are sowing for 2013 HarlequinOpal,Venetian and Amethyst (all from Sarah Raven), Miss Willmott (from Dobies of Devon), Cupani (also from Dobies) and Seeds of Italy Sweet Peas Pisello Odoroso.

Seeds of Italy sweet peas, autumn sowing.

As you all know, Miss Willmott failed but we will be sowing these again very soon and hope that they will germinate as they are our favourite sweet peas. Seeds of Italy Sweet Peas Pisello Odoroso are picture above and these were are our first sowing back in September. These have been pinched out three times now and the plants are ready to go into the ground, these sweet peas were sown in root trainers and you can certainly spot the difference in the top growth.

Sweet peas from Sarah Raven.

HarlequinOpal,Venetian and Amethyst (all from Sarah Raven) are all doing incredibly well. These were sown back in October and have been in a cool glasshouse covered in two layers of fleece. The glasshouse is now reaching 22 degrees on warm days and this means you can seen that some of them are now romping away. These next few weeks will see these plants spark into life, top growth will be rocket away and we will be sowing another batch of sweet peas to see whether this new sowing will catch up with the autumn sowing. More on this soon.

Sweet peas from Sarah Raven are fantastic.

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.

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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.