Autumn Grown Garlic and Sweet Peas

I am a little a fair weather condition garden enthusiast and I do not grow much over the winter season, but this year in Autumn I germinated some sweet peas and planted garlic both under glass in the greenhouse. The sweet peas sprouted rapidly and have actually grown well, most likely because of the mild winter season, and have actually been pinched back 3 times producing an excellent number of side shoots. As sweet peas are a half durable annual, although then can be planted out now, and in this case will have to be, they will need frost protection. This suggests protecting with a fleece or cloche if there is to be a frost.

The garlic stayed in the pot in the greenhouse for so long I thought it was catching winter season mould and after that the shoots increased and it has seemed very happy in the greenhouse. I have actually just moved the container outside to hardened off and acclimatise to the outdoors temperature levels prior to planting out later on in the month. Anything grown under glass, which will include much of the veg plants, and bedding will require to be hardened off, before planting outside completely. This can be done by moving the plants outside on mild days and gradually getting the plant utilised to the outside, however still bring under glass if frost threatens. Check thoroughly before planting out as most bed linen, and many veg plants, are not sturdy and can only be planted out once the danger of frost has passed which is in May, and when in May depends where you garden and the weather at the time.

From the garlic I am hoping the longer growing season produces fatter bulbs and a better crop. The sweet peas I am hoping will bloom earlier and, as I have simply planted some more sweet peas the other day, the spring sown must flower later providing a long period of sweet pea flowers. I plant sweet peas on mass up an obelsik near a path so the mass of colours and fragrance are head hight as passing. I also plant them around the garden and near the veg plot so I can take pleasure in the aroma and colour when in the veg plot. Sweet peas look great on their own and likewise with Honeysuckle and Clemati

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