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.

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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.

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Plant Care

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.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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