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12 February 2018 19:46:58

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So I got myself organised this year and planted my sweetpeas in January as recommended by Monty Don! I also put my few little spuds to "chit". And guess what? They have all taken off at a terrible rate! 

Normally I would have had them in the greenhouse with the frost-heater in action but due to Ophelia's destruction my greenhouse is not bubble-wrapped so there is no point in putting in the frost-heater as it would just keep going day and night its so cold out there!

So what do I do? The sweetpeas are getting too leggy and the sprouts on the spuds are saying they want to be planted!

I have one of the raised beds covered with matting to try and keep the soil from freezing but its still way too early to plant the spuds.

Any suggestions please?

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 February 2018 19:59:50

Pinch out the growing tips of the sweet pea. They'll become bushier and stronger. I must see if I have any seed in the garage. Didn't buy any seed in recent years.

Usually St. Patrick's Day is the usual day for planting out spuds. But I think this year it's going to be a lot later. You could plant them into big bags and put them in the greenhouse until the time is right.

Dick Dick 12 February 2018 20:02:17

Doing well Hazel. A bit early for planting the spuds as your part of Ireland is so far inland. Your county is the only one of the 32 that is totally surrounded by inland counties.

JoanG JoanG 12 February 2018 21:55:52

oh dear, too much of a good thing. Hazel, have you a cooler room in the house you could move the sweetpeas to, where they would have light but not heat? That should slow down the growth a bit. Can't advise on the spuds as I don't grow them. Good luck!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 February 2018 23:20:36

Thanks everyone!

Jas - no intention of putting the spuds out until St Patrick's Day! That's a good tip about planting them in bags in the greenhouse. Is it too soon to pinch them out?

Dick - yes, the only county that doesn;t touch a county that touches the sea! 

Joan - they are already in the utility room which has a temperature of 18 degrees. Probaly too hot! The bedrooms would be a bit cooler but they face north so have little light!

Jackie Jackie 13 February 2018 07:53:11

Hazel I wouldnt pinch out those Sweetpea just yet as they are only very small, yet leggy. They are looking for more light. You would only pinch them out when they are much stronger and have lots more leaves. Say about 3 inches tall and have their true leaves. That way they will thrive and be bushier. I have mine in the greenhouse with no heat but there is lots of light. I think I would leave them without heat, I never have with mine and they always survive and grow well later on. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 15 February 2018 09:28:21

I'd plant up the spuds in pots or bags as Jas says. Sweetpeas I can't help with, alas. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 February 2018 18:58:47

The sweetpeas have moved to the greenhouse with a light fleece over them. I'm resigned to having to start a new batch if they don't survive!!!! I'm encouraged to see that by this evening the first leaves were starting to open - obviously liking the light!

The spuds are still in the larder - the coolest room in the house - not keen to put them in bags as when I tried that before I had a total failure! I think they also will have to take their chances for a few weeks - and as in the case of the sweet peas, I can always start again :-) 

Thanks for all the advice


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