Hey, Sweet Pea!

Hey, Sweet Pea!

I’ve got a package of Sweet Peas all ready to go. But don’t really have a place for them to grow!

You see, our yard is mostly topsoil on rock, and there’s no great spot to plant the sweet peas and install a trellis… that is until now.

Remember the heat pump surround?

If you missed that post, you can catch up on it here.

I was thinking the lattice might work for a trellis. But that would mean growing the Sweet Peas in a planter. And somewhere along the way I heard they didn’t grow that well in planters… So I decided to investigate 😉

And here’s what I learned:

  1. You can use planters, but follow the planting rules!
  2. Don’t put too many plants in one container… believe it or not, they actually need room to grow!
  3. Use a porous container… plastic or glazed ceramic pots cause the roots to get too hot.
When I read tip #3 it all made sense. The problem wasn’t using a container, it was the type of container that mattered!
After searching Duncan high and low, this is what I found today.
Two rectangular terracotta planters at Buckerfield’s in Duncan… the only two I saw in all the places I stopped. And trust me, I searched! All the other rectangle planters were either glazed ceramic or plastic.
Today must have been my lucky day, because not only were these the only two I saw in my travels, but they were also 40% off!  I was hoping to find gray, and didn’t exactly have a faux basket look in mind, but these will do the trick!

And just to give you an idea of what I have in mind, here’s a little staged shot (with the help of Photoshop) set up in our garage.

I plan to put the planters side-by-side in front of the heat pump surround.

Apparently Sweet Peas like a southern exposure, so this should be perfect for them. And since I just know these are going to thrive 😉 my only concern is the lattice won’t be quite high enough. But I’ll cross that bridge if when I have to.

My Dad and I like to have a little Sweet Pea challenge to see whose grow the best. If mine don’t grow, do you think he’ll know this photo was photoshopped?

{UPDATE: Click here to see who won this ‘sweet’ little challenge 😉 }

Do you grow Sweet Peas? What is your secret to success?

For more gardening ideas…

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 Photography by Sheila Zeller

13 thoughts on “Hey, Sweet Pea!”

    • Hi Shauna! My fingers are crossed while the seeds are soaking… my Dad will never let me live this one down if the only photo I have to share is my photoshopped one 😉 Thank you for hosting the link-up party – I just popped over to join in the fun 🙂

  • Oh crap – I just planted sweet pea seeds in a plastic planter on the weekend! Well, I’ll wait and see what happens – hopefully they’ll be OK. And if not, oh well, it was only a couple of bucks for the pack of seeds.

    Your package of seeds probably has the same tip mine did, but just in case it doesn’t…. to help the seeds germinate faster, use a knife to put a little nick in each seed and then soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before you plant them. I did this with my sweet pea seeds (and morning glory seeds too), and there was actually a tiny green sprout coming out of one seed after soaking in the water.

    Happy planting!

    • Oh, oh – it’s my turn to say ‘Oh crap!’ I just set the seeds to soak, and my package didn’t have that little extra tip. Darn. We’ll see what happens, but I’ll keep that in mind for another year! And thank you for that tip!!! 🙂

      • I’m sure your seeds will sprout OK – I assume the little nicks in the seeds just make the process a bit faster.

        I planted my sweet pea & morning glory seeds on a Sunday, and the morning glories had already sprouted on Wednesday! Wow! Still no sign of the sweet peas, but I think their germination time is 10 days, so hopefully they’ll be starting in the next couple of days.

  • What I’ve done in the past is actually grown them in a tall pot or hanging basket so that the sweet peas actually grow downwards and spill over the container. Hanging baskets work well and large tall pots higher than 3 feet are perfect. Can’t wait to see the results and who wins.

    • I’m loving the idea of a tall pot or hanging basket – I had an old package of seeds that I am germinating along with my new seeds, and both packs are sprouting! So I was thinking it would be fun to give this a try with one of the packages. Thanks for the tip!

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