Get­ting your gar­den into mint con­di­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING - RACHEL OLD­HAM

burst­ing back into leaf now so if you haven’t yet ti­died up your clumps and re­moved the dead or strag­gly win­ter growth, do it now. water reg­u­larly to keep them from dry­ing out. Sweet pea seedlings are ir­re­sistible to snails and slugs so keep them well pro­tected with bait to pre­vent them be­ing chewed down to the ground.

To en­cour­age strong side shoots, pinch out the tips when seedlings have grown to around 10cm.

A great tip from the Kings Seeds blog is to add Ep­som salts to the soil which adds a boost of mag­ne­sium that in­creases both the colour in­ten­sity and per­fume of the flow­ers.

Once your sweet peas be­gin flow­er­ing, pick blooms reg­u­larly to en­sure a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply.

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