Sow Romantic Sweet Peas
Of all the spring-flowering cottage garden flowers, Sweet Peas are probably the prettiest and most rewarding. But to enjoy an ample harvest of these bright and sweetly fragrant cut flowers, you have to prepare the soil properly before sowing the seed.
Do this to Sow Sweet Peas
Water the area to be cultivated a day before you start, to make the digging easier. Prepare a 80cm deep trench in which you are going to plant your seeds. Keep the first layer of topsoil separate from the layers of deeper, poorer soil as you excavate.
You can also add about 60g of bone-meal to the topsoil before back-filling the trench after spreading out the different organic layers. Digging a trench might sound like hard work, but your reward will be strong plants producing masses of flowers over a long period.
You Will Need
● A sunny spot along a fence to act as a support structure for the tiny tendrils produced by the climbing varieties. You can also grow them on bamboo or steel tepees in the veggie garden as the flowers attract pollinators like bees.
● Well-draining soil – a gentle slope is ideal if the soil is a bit heavy.
● Garden refuse like small sticks, prunings, leaves and lawn clippings.
● Good-quality compost.
● Old kraal manure.
● Sweet pea seeds.