Grow Scented Sweet Peas
The scent of sweet peas is like no other, and a vase of cut blooms filling a room with fragrance is reason enough to grow these cottage-garden favorites.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Harden Off and Plant Out
Fall-sown seedlings can be planted out directly into the ground in mid-spring. Spring-sown seedlings will have tender shoots that need to be hardened off for a few weeks by bringing them outside by day, and inside at night. Plant hardened seedlings out in late spring.
Enrich the soil with organic matter and plant one or two seedlings close to the base of a suitable support and tie them in loosely. The tendrils will soon take hold of the supports as the plants grow. Water during dry spells, and apply a liquid feed every two weeks from midsummer. Pick the flowers regularly to encourage more.
Top Tip: Homemade Seed Pots
Roll folded newspaper around a glass and tuck the top ends into it. Remove, then flatten the tucked-in ends to form the base. Plant seedlings and their pots into the soil — the pots will just rot away.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
One way to grow watercress is by starting with seeds, but you can also grow fresh plants by using watercress seedlings as a base.