Bloom­ing marvel­lous

Amateur Gardening - - Your Letters -

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

Wendy says

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

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