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The gardener has grown beautiful sweet peas in pots on her patio. She uses toilet rolls to germinate thelo seeds, with a special medication trick.
Sophie Valentine posts her gardening endeavours on @lookinsidemygarden.
She recently posted a garden hack for creating a sunken trampoline in the garden.
Now she has detailed how to grow sweet peas, asking her followers: “Have you tried growing sweet peas?
“If not then you must and they are a perfect thing to grow if you have never grown anything before.”
She added: “Order yourself some seeds. I have used seeds from @lizstevensgardens this year which have had a 100 percent germination rate.
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“Collect yourself up some toilet roll tubes, grab some compost and you’ll be good to go.
“If you don’t have anywhere to put them outside then wait until the end of Feb or March before you start yours. Otherwise, they will become leggy and won’t become a strong healthy plant.”
The gardener had an amazing 100 percent germination from the sweet pea mix, which she got from Liz Stevens Gardens.
She put her soil into use toilet roll tubes and used a pencil to create a narrow tunnel in the soil.
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Sophie places the seeds in the funnels and used the pencil again to cover them over with a little of the soil.
In her special trick, the gardener also squeezed 5ml of Calpol into every tube.
One week later Sophie checked on her sweet peas and found they were germinating. One week later she put the plants, which were growing well, outside. This stops them from getting “leggy”.
Leggy sweet pea seedlings are ones that have grown too tall too fast.
This generally ruins the quality of the plant and for this reason, most will put their seeds outside to stunt their growth and/or pinch off the tops of the plants to prevent them from growing too tall.
Tips to grow sweet peas
- Sow them in autumn or spring
- Pinch off the tips of seedlings 10cm to encourage growth
- Plant outside in mid-spring and water well
- When flowers come in feed with high potash fertiliser
- Pick regularly to encourage more flowers
Express.co.uk’s gardening columnist BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane told Express.co.uk readers his key January planting.
He encouraged planting now for a gorgeous smelling spring garden.
He said: “We often think of winter gardens as being bland, boring, grey and miserable, but with some key planting either now, as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged, or earlier in the autumn, you can have a colourful and scented winter wonderland.
“When it comes to scented shrubs, you are spoilt for choice.”
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