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NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT SOME SUMMER COLOUR.

SWEET peas not only look pretty but smell amazing too.

Sow the seeds this month, says the Royal Horticultural Society, and you will have lovely flowers in the summer.

WHAT YOU NEED: Packet of sweet pea seeds - there are lots of different colours to choose from Seed compost 9cm plant pots Plant label A clear polythene bag An unheated greenhouse or cold frame Fill the pot with seed compost almost to the top. Make a hole with your finger and place one seed in each pot.

Cover the seeds with 1cm of compost.

Water the seeds in (give them a drink of water) and cover them with the polythene bag.

Keep the seeds at a temperature of about 15degC (59degF). After they have germinated, remove the covering.

Transfer the seedlings to a cold frame. Over the winter, keep the frame open as much as possible but protect from heavier frosts.

Plant the seedlings out in a sunny spot in the garden after the last spring frosts about 20-30 cm apart. Remember that slugs like to eat sweet peas!

As they grow, support the plants using garden canes, pea sticks or a trellis.

When the plants are about 10cm high, pinch out the tips, this helps to make a stronger bushier plant.

Sweet peas will keep flowering if you pick the flowers regularly - a good excuse to have some beautiful flowers in your home.

| REMEMBER: sweet pea seed pods look similar to edible pea pods but they are poisonous and must not be eaten!

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2014
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