Planting Sweet Peas

I know it's early to think about planting seeds in your garden, but believe it or not, it's time to get your sweet peas in the ground! If you would like to see this later this summer.....

.....then you need to run out and buy a packet or two of sweet pea seeds!

To prepare the seeds for planting, you need to first soak a doubled up paper towel with water.  Then place seeds from packet on the paper towel.

Fold up the wet paper towel. Place in a ziploc baggie (I leave the baggie open...) and place on a window sill for several days.

Feel free to peek in the bag after a few days to check the progress. You will hopefully notice the seeds are starting to sprout.  After 7 to 10 days, nearly all of the seeds should be sprouting and will be ready to put in the ground outside.

Prep your garden....loosen the soil, remove the weeds and dig a small trench for the seeds.  I put a trellis in the ground now, so I can see where the seeds will need to be planted (Note: you will need something for the sweet peas to climb up as they grow. You can be creative - you don't have to use a trellis specifically made for the garden).

Put the seeds in the ground and cover them with dirt.  I like to plant the sweet peas both in front of my trellis and behind it as well, so that I get a nice bundle of blooming sweet peas in July.

And lastly, don't forget to spread slug bait!

Happy planting! Jen

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