HERE in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, I have blooming: marigolds, roses, fuchsias, snapdragons, rudbeckia, carnations, polyanthus, hollyhock ( just the one), evening primrose, verbascum – and fruiting strawberries from 12-yearold plants that I planted just to enjoy the flowers. I ate four this morning!
Now that I’m planning for next year, I planted eight sweet pea seeds in cardboard toilet-roll centres, as suggested in AG. They all germinated and are now 12in (30cm) tall. I put the tubes onto a flower pot as you had stressed that sweet peas like to make long roots. What do I do now? I do not have a greenhouse, just an outbuilding.
Mary Pollard, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Fantastic! Overwinter your seedlings in the outbuilding if it’s well lit, otherwise place at the base of a sheltered wall. Pinch them out and protect with fleece during cold snaps.
Sweet peas establish long roots over winter. Mary sowed hers in cardboard toilet-roll centres