Sweet Peas…..why did I decide to do them? I’m a bit embarrassed to say I may have drank some of the Kool-Aid that Floret Farm was dishing out. It’s not a bad thing, it just is.
She was hooked on them, she made it sound so sweet and fabulous, I thought I’d give it a go – even though sweet peas are not really what I consider a cut flower, nor does Joe feel that way, and even though I’ve never had any real luck with them – I still plant them for my mom really, but I thought I’d give it a go as a cut flower.
One of my charms is my willingness to try just about anything, I get a little taste of it, it sounds good, I’ll run with it. I’m not extremely cautious, which can land me in over my head. I’ve done it with my sewing, I’m doing it with my cut flower garden.
I should have read more about the sweet peas, I should have watched more of her videos. She says they are easy to grow, her first crop, give it a try it will be fun she said.
I bought seeds – 2 pouches – 10 per pouch….I look at her grid…and realize “oh, I need like 10 pouches to do the grid she suggests”, I buy more. I watch a video, I read a bit more. She planted them in her hoop house, I have no hoop house, nor will I have a hoop house. She planted outside, she put up a burlap wind shield, I don’t have one of those, nor will I have one of those. She put in a trench of compost & bone meal, soaker hoses and webbing, early in the season. My seed bed is really wet, possibly as late as May, about two months after she suggests putting them in the ground.
I started 30 (20 of hers, 10 of mine from last year) a few weeks ago in the laundry room. They started growing, they looked great, I realized I planted them in too small of pots so I replanted them.
They are no longer looking great, I think I’ve lost several of hers, but mine are still doing okay’ish. Joe is thinking I may have broken the tap root, I’m afraid they are too warm in the kitchen area from the heat of the wood stove, the other ones in the laundry room are doing better.
They are all leggy, I’m wondering if they were getting too much light under the grow light, they do not look like the ones in her pictures.
I’m not discouraged to the point that I’m not going to keep going, but I will change a few things when I do my next planting. When that is, I’m not entirely sure since our winter decided to come all at once last week and we are supposed to be getting more snow next week, my greenhouse isn’t done, I’m almost out of room in the house…..so I’m not sure when the next sowing is.
From what I’ve read, I’m supposed to have planted two peas in a pod – not sure what that does, but it was something I read on her page, so next go around I will give it a try. I will also be sure to plant in the deeper container so I do not have to transplant so early.
I’m hoping the worst case here is I grow a 25 long row – 75 sweet peas – that are only 4 feet tall with short little flowers on them….this will still give mom something to take pictures of and still give her something to enjoy the smell!! They will grow, they just might not be Floret Farm strength sweet peas.
Has anyone else jumped in a bit too quickly to anything in your lives? Perhaps a relationship, a hobby, an occupation, or college major…..
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