Spend 30 minutes on Zoom talking with Georgina (founder of Sweet Pea Gardens)- ask questions or advice about issues you are having growing sweet peas or any gardening troubles or planning.
Georgina has in depth knowledge about growing a garden (vegetables, cut flowers and ornamental) in USDA zones 8 & 9.
We will spend 30 minutes over Zoom discussing any gardening issues you may have or gardens you want to plan. It is best if grow in USDA zone 8 or 9 because that is where most of Georgina's gardening experience lies.
Put together a list of questions before the call and we will try to address each question as the time allows.
Possible topics to talk about:
--growing sweet peas
--seed starting methods
--planning out a small cut flower patch
--planning a small vegetable garden
--creating a garden from nothing
--"no till" or "no dig" gardening
--growing hardy annuals
--creating a hot compost pile
--using chickens to prepare ground for planting
--the use of occultation techniques to prepare ground for planting
"Georgina is a real life plant whisperer - she can make anything grow and bloom. She's so good at quickly giving me a straight-forward plan to resolve all my latest garden troubles. She knows just what to do for all kinds of planting decisions and seasonal issues and is just lovely to work with. If you're suffering through discouraging problems in the garden, I highly recommend getting a quick consult to clear up the trouble and enjoying all the sweet, beautiful blooming rewards!"
How to Grow Sweet Peas
No garden is complete without sweet peas. Sow as many sweet pea seeds as you can and you won't regret it! They will fill your life with a myriad of colors and sweet scent. Grow sweet peas climbing over teepees and arches in the garden and cut them to fill jugs and vases in your house in spring & summer. The more you pick, the more they flower. Read more..
Harvesting & Vase Life
To keep the flowers coming, pick frequently! Allowing the plant to go to seed will send a signal that new flowers do not need to be produced. For the longest vase life, pick your sweet peas when there are still at least two unopened flowers at the top. Flowers do not continue to open after picking. For a more frilly and full look, pick when fully open, but expect a shorter vase life. Sweet peas are a short lived cut flower, but you can extend their life by adding a cut flower preservative to the water and keeping them in a cool place and away from any ethylene sources such as ripening fruit. Ethylene will shorten the vase life. Cutting the flowers along with some of the vine will also extend the vase time and give a more interesting vase display.
Sweet peas, just like many plants we grow in our gardens, are toxic. Sweet pea seeds and any part of the plant should not be ingested.