Horticultural aide memoire No. 43: Sow sweet peas
The sweet pea is the queen of hardy annuals. Those looking for an early and prolonged display for next summer, and to win prizes at the show, should sow the seed now. The venerable practices of chipping and soaking seeds overnight have now been debunked. Take a 3in pot, fill it with free-draining compost and press it evenly down a little from the rim. With the end of a pencil, make five holes around the edge and drop a seed into each. Fiddle some compost back into the holes, insert the label and water. Keep a written record as backup.