Planting Sweet Peas

I know it’s early to think about planting seeds in your garden, but believe it or not, it’s time to get your sweet peas in the ground!

If you would like to see this later this summer…..

via pinterest

…..then you need to run out and buy a packet or two of sweet pea seeds!

To prepare the seeds for planting, you need to first soak a doubled up paper towel with water.  Then place seeds from packet on the paper towel.

Fold up the wet paper towel. Place in a ziploc baggie (I leave the baggie open…) and place on a window sill for several days.

Feel free to peek in the bag after a few days to check the progress. You will hopefully notice the seeds are starting to sprout.  After 7 to 10 days, nearly all of the seeds should be sprouting and will be ready to put in the ground outside.

Prep your garden….loosen the soil, remove the weeds and dig a small trench for the seeds.  I put a trellis in the ground now, so I can see where the seeds will need to be planted (Note: you will need something for the sweet peas to climb up as they grow. You can be creative – you don’t have to use a trellis specifically made for the garden).

Put the seeds in the ground and cover them with dirt.  I like to plant the sweet peas both in front of my trellis and behind it as well, so that I get a nice bundle of blooming sweet peas in July.

And lastly, don’t forget to spread slug bait!

Happy planting!

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  1. How fun! I love flowers but have never planted sweet peas, I will have to try it! I just found your blog, I live in the Northwest too! We live near Vancouver, Wa. Thanks for the tip!

  2. So can’t wait to get in the garden, I made a new patch last year and did some planting last fall so hopefully those plants will come back. Your sweet peas are beautiful I think I will try some annuals this year…..nice post andi

  3. I planted sweet peas year before last. Their fragrance is truly amazing. I think I’ll try your method of sprouting the seeds this year to speed things up a bit. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Hi Jen! I don’t think there’s anything that smells better than sweetpeas. Just a couple of them in a bouquet of fresh cut flowers can fill an entire room with their fragrance. I’ve never grown them before, but I think they’d fit in well in our side garden. Stopping by and newly following from The Shady Porch. (RSS & Pinterest) Thanks for sharing your planting tips!

  5. I thought I was going to get by without planting these but now that I’ve seen your post, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist!

  6. I was just thinking I needed to start planting my peas and carrots in the vegetable garden. I never thought about the flower garden. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  7. I’ve never used these before. Might just have to give them a try. Where did you get yours?

  8. Great to find another blogger living in the PNW. I always stop to smell the sweet peas my neighbor plants when I am walking through my neighborhood. I am now following your blog. Please stop by and visit me.

  9. Kelley Johnsen says:

    I love sweet peas! They are so beautiful and easy to grow. I am stopping by Inspire me Monday! I am a new follower and would love you to visit 🙂

  10. These are so pretty. I am wondering how they would do in Kansas? I will definitely have to check these out. Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.


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