Sweet Peas Up

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Sweet peas sown 5/21 sprouted yesterday. That’s 12 days. Need to remember for next year.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kate Babbitt June 22, 2009, 7:16 am

Hi Kathy,

How are your sweet peas doing? The ones I planted from seed are up but growing very slowly. The ones I started inside in March (which in hindsight was too early!) are flowering or about to flower. This is my first year growing them in zone 5b, so I’m happy with any success.

Kathy Purdy June 22, 2009, 8:43 am

The tallest sprouts are about a foot tall. Hmm, it just occurs to me that last year I pinched them to make them more bushy. I wonder if it’s too late to do that? I’ll have to check that sweet pea book out of the library again.

Karen Brees June 2, 2009, 11:20 am

Living here in the western Rockies, the growing season is about 52-54 days long. Maybe. We plant the 1st of June. Get most of our seeds from Vesey and Burpee – the short season varieties.