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In My Garden: Planting Sweet Peas

In My Garden: Planting Sweet Peas

Sweet peas grow up a trellis in my winter garden every year. The fragrance is heavenly and I have bouquets in the house and to give away.

 I especially like this very fragrant bicolor variety and save the seed for the next season.

I especially like this very fragrant bicolor variety and save the seed for the next season.

 When the volunteer sweet peas show up in the garden I know conditions are right for planting this year’s sweet peas.

When the volunteer sweet peas show up in the garden I know conditions are right for planting this year’s sweet peas.

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I usually scarify (rough up) the seeds and then soak them for a few hours to hasten germination. Here’s how I do it. Roll over the seeds to break the tough coating. You can adapt to what you have at hand (perhaps a concrete sidewalk and a brick).

 Online seed companies like  Johnny’s Seeds  and local nurseries carry soil inoculant.

Online seed companies like Johnny’s Seeds and local nurseries carry soil inoculant.

Soil inoculant can improve the yield of pea and bean crops so I always use this right at time of planting. Read more about soil inoculants.

The saved seed, scarified and soaked should emerge any day. Pea brush will support the seedlings and direct them to the trellis.

Read my post on pea brush and Robert Frost’s poem “Pea Brush” here.

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In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen

In My San Diego Garden and Kitchen