By Angie, Feb 14 2013 01:57PM
If, like me, you didn't manage to get any sweet peas started before winter, you can plant them now. I tend to plant mine in toilet rolls and this is a great job to do with the children.
I soak the seeds overnight and keep them in the conservatory initially. I am sowing a combination of Prima Ballerina, Tall Mixed, Heirloom and some self-collected seeds from my prolific crop two years ago.
When they get to about 5 leaves high, I pinch the tops out. I then transfer them to the greenhouse so they don't get too leggy.
I'd like more details about planting in toilet paper rolls. I don't have a greenhouse unless I do a makeshift one over one of my boxes. But I'm guessing I could harden them off and plant them outside after the last frost.
You don't really need a greenhouse for this. I used to grow them on a windowsill when that was all I had! They are very easy as you only need to plant them approx 1 cm or so deep and they prefer a deeper root run, so are happy in the toilet rolls! I usually jam the toilet rolls into a container (like a seed tray) simply to keep them upright.
You have to watch as the roots can grow outwards, so keep an eye on them and ensure they don't dry out. Finally, don't worry if the toilet rolls get a bit mouldy - it shouldn't affect the plants. Hope that helps Amy. Good luck!