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Starting Sweet Peas

A simple method using simple supplies, for starting sweet peas.

Sweet Peas are one of my most favourite flowers! They look so delicate and pretty, and their scent is out of this world amazing, so I try to plant them in my garden every year.

Starting Sweet Peas

Over the years, I have been experimenting with different ways to grow them. I’ve done them in different pots, I’ve done the bush variety, I’ve tried different spots for sun. But hands down the best Sweet Peas that I have ever grown, were the ones from last year.

On a whim I planted them along our fence, in a tiny strip no wider than 3 inches, and wow!  Did they ever grow fabulously!  I had flowers from early summer all the way until the 3rd week in October! So, needless to say, this is the way for me!

I usually like to start them from seed, directly outside around the beginning of April. But this year, because our winter was so harsh, and we had so much snow, I couldn’t even get outside to do this in April.  And I haven’t really been feeling too inspired to garden as of late, but it was time to get these in the ground.

So today, after a little inspiration from my Mom, I went outside and planted them! I can’t wait to see their pretty little faces and smell them in all the rooms of my home!

Here’s How-To:

Starting Sweet Peas

Since this spot is the most sunny and warm area in my yard, it’s ideal for Sweet Peas. Here are the details:

  • I put up a plastic green netting that I bought in the garden centre. Or, you can also use chicken wire.
  • The netted area is about 8 feet wide, and 7 feet tall.
  • I just stapled the netting directly on to the fence.

It looks ugly now, but once the flowers get growing, you won’t even see it. The flowers will cover the whole thing!  Trust me.

Starting Sweet Peas
  • Then I cleared out a spot along the fence filled it with soil. Amazingly, Sweet Peas don’t need much room to grow. As long as they have a lot of sun they are happy!
  • Then I planted my seeds, every 2 inches, and about a 1/2 inch deep (I followed the package directions).

Starting Sweet Peas

Here is what they look like about half way through the summer. By the end of the summer, this netting is so full that you can’t even see the fence!

 Now all I have to do is wait! What are you planting this year?

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    May 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Oh how lovely! Can’t wait to see updated pics. We just planted a tons of veggies and I can not wait unit they start growing! So much fun.

    Delighted Momma

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    May 4, 2011 at 10:26 PM


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    the cape on the corner
    May 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    wow, i wouldn’t think they would cover that whole area. that’s awesome-i’ll have to check back later in the season!

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    Elaine - Visual Meringue
    April 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks! I’m going to try this to hide a fugly wall we have! Thanks so much 🙂

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    Elaine - Visual Meringue
    April 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    oh, and we are on the same wave length! I just posted about Spring planting too 🙂

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    Maggie K.
    April 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Sweet peas are one of my favourites.

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    Richard Gadigian
    February 25, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Thanks for the info,I like the color they add to the garden and the idea to grow something I have not tried.

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