Let the seed starting begin!
I rarely get my Sweet Peas in the ground in a timely fashion, which results in very few blossoms, so I’m trying them early this year. I’m going to pot them up and see how far I can push them in a cold and sunny back room.
One of the tricks with sweet peas is to let them soak for a day before you plant them. It’s not essential, but it helps to speed the process along. Once they sprout and grow a bit, I’ll pinch the tops so they don’t get so leggy, and then hopefully I can plant them out early and have loads of bouquets through the late spring and early summer. And did I mention they’re wickedly fragrant??? One of my favorites!
I also grow a perennial sweet pea, its not really fragrant but I do love it for the non-stop show of blossoms all season.
I ‘borrowed’ the seed for this plant a few years back while on vacation in Maine. It has thrived. If I’m ever lacking for a cut flower in the house I can always turn to this plant for a few blossoms.
So what seeds have you started? Are you trying anything new this year? My next big planting is going to be fava’s and I’m trying artichokes again. Hurrah for SPRING!!!!!!!