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March 22nd 2011

Planting Sweet Peas

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A big fat crop of Sweet Peas went into the greenhouse yesterday. It’s amazing how quickly the entire space was transformed once the posts, paths and plants were in.



I haven’t grown a crop of the fragrant beauties in there in 3 years. Remembering back, it was our most abundant, long stemmed harvest to date.


With the wind protection and early start the vines grew at an insane rate. In no time they clung onto the fans that are 9ft. up on the ceiling (pictured below)!



It’s still a bit too cold outside to plant the others, so for now they are safely tucked in the seed greenhouse with all of their spring friends like bachelor buttons, queen anne’s lace, bells of Ireland, snapdragons and giant pansies.
It sure feels good to get moving, get my hands in the dirt and have so much fresh air. Yeah for spring!

I still can’t believe these teeny, tiny seedling will soon look like this!



  1. Mike on

    Ive been reading all about your amazing success with sweet peas. I read that you space them approximately 8 inches apart. How far out from from the center (netting/chicken wire) do you plant. Also, do you stagger the plants along the two rows?
    Thanks for all the great help!

  2. Beth on

    Amazing and inspiring! I am planting my first Sweet Peas this Spring, hope they look half as good as yours!

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  4. Jen of Country Weekend on

    I love sweet peas. They have a wildflower look to them and a delicacy, like a watercolor.

  5. Beyond My Garden on

    Pretty pea pictures. The only problem is that the song is now in my head for the day. . . . Oh Sweet Pea, won't you dance with me? Wontch, wontcha, wontcha dance with me-e-e?

  6. flwrjane on

    So much work but it yields so much beauty.

    xo Jane


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