Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING -

If you didn’t get sweet peas sown in au­tumn or win­ter you can still do it now for a beau­ti­ful show dur­ing late sum­mer. There’s noth­ing quite like the scent or sight of th­ese beau­ti­ful flow­ers wind­ing their way up a trel­lis, cas­cad­ing out of a hang­ing bas­ket or along a fence, and the blooms last ex­tremely well in a vase.

Sweet peas grow best in a sunny po­si­tion in the gar­den, with fer­tile, free-drain­ing soil. Climb­ing va­ri­eties will re­quire some­thing to clam­ber up, like a frame, obelisk or trel­lis, while dwarf va­ri­eties are per­fect for small pots or hang­ing bas­kets.

Sweet peas are best sown di­rectly where you want them to grow but can also be raised in trays. To sow in the gar­den, press a cou­ple of seeds into a shal­low hole, spaced 10-15cm apart. Ger­mi­na­tion (in op­ti­mum con­di­tions) takes up to a fort­night so be pa­tient and

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