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This is the week to sow sweet peas for the earliest flowers, the longest stems, the largest flowers and longest blooming period next summer. The easiest way to start is to spread seeds out on damp kitchen paper towel, enclosed in a clean spread or recycled ice cream container. The seeds should be chitted into growth, that is roots just showing, in a week in warm temperatures. Then the seed can be sown, either in pots of Universal Compost or straight out into the open ground where they are to grow and flower. Choose deep pots if establishing indoors, the deeper the pot and root system they produce the better the flowering next year. Those sown outside will need the protection of clear polythene cloche or one or two seedlings can be covered with a clear plastic water bottle, which has had the bottom cut off and screw top removed. (Top: Four chitted sweet pea seeds sown in each deep, square pot and watered in with a fine misting spray. Above: Here are the chitted sweet pea seeds the scholars had to carefully sow four to each square pot. )



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