Sweet Peas are one of my very favorite flowers and I always plant some on a trellis somewhere in my garden each year. The package says you should plant the seeds outdoors six weeks before the last expected frost date for your area.
But I have a terrible time burying those lovely little seeds in soil that is so cold and/or muddy . . . which is the usual state of our soil six weeks before the last expected frost date. That is if the soil has the good fortunate of not being still frozen solid six weeks before the last expected frost date.
That's why my Sweet Peas don't bloom until after mid-summer. I don't plant them early enough.
This year the soil in the raised bed chosen for the Sweet Peas was dry and workable last week. I turned the soil over with my spading fork, smoothed it out with a rake and deemed it suitable for planting. Hooray!
I pulled out the Sweet Pea seeds and soaked them in a dish on the counter for 24 hours to help with germination.
Yesterday I went out and planted them all along either side of the trellis you see in the above picture. This was when there was no snow to be seen in the whole garden area. This was before we got almost three inches of snow last night.
Surely if you do plant Sweet Peas a whole six weeks before your estimated last frost date, they are bound to find themselves in some frosty, inclement (possibly even snowy) weather. Right? So these seeds should be just fine. Right? So I shouldn't worry about them currently being frozen solid and not germinating. Right?
Time will tell. Oi vey.
the quotidian (10.23.17)
12 hours ago