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July 25th, 2018

I always seem to procrastinate tying up tomatoes and sweet peas. I’m not sure why, I think I just get busy with other garden chores and completely forget until they’re a bit out of control. To be fair, these sweet peas were all volunteers, so they grew up where there was no trellis to support them.  A few sweet peas were seeded this spring, but none of them are blooming yet.

I put up a half piece of stock panel behind them, then proceeded to try to untangle them and tie them up a bit.

I was semi-successful, they’ll at least be easier to harvest and should straighten out a bit as they grow more.

Next year, I may try seeding my sweet peas in the fall, at the base of a trellis where I want them to grow of course! Anything I can find that will save me time/effort during the busy spring planting/seeding season will be welcome. Since my volunteer sweet peas have been blooming for over a month and are much more lush than my seeded ones, I think wintersowing is definitely the way to go.

Have you discovered anything that can be sowed in the fall for the following season?

4 Comments to “Procrastination”
  1. Nebraska Dave on July 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Susy, almost any thing can be sown in the Fall. I saved a couple volunteer tomatoes this Spring and they are doing great. I once even planted carrots that were the best I’ve ever grown. I’m not sure why I never continued to experiment with Fall planting for Spring growth. It’s all about timing. The ground has to be cold enough to keep the seeds from sprouting until the Spring thaw.

    Have a great Fall seeding planning day.

    Nebraska Dave

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  2. misti on July 25, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Sweet peas—oh man, those are many months gone here. I barely had any blooms, which was disappointing. The aphids came in and I took them down.

    I am behind on getting the blackberries trimmed up and the new canes tied up. And I just spent the last month getting the edible garden into shape that now the flower garden needs some attention.

    If it isn’t one thing, it is another!

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  3. Hazel on July 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I promise my self I’ll keep on top of my tomatoes every year and do ok with the greenhouse ones but forget the outside ones until they’re a jungle. This year it’s been so hot and dry in the UK that I’ve spent most of my time just keeping them alive. Next year!

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  4. Kristen on July 26, 2018 at 12:26 am

    The last few years I have let my spinach go to seed. When it starts up in the spring it is always a wonderful early surprise.

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