Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief. National Growing for Wellbeing Week (1st - 7th June 2020) is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
Sweet Peas are easy to grow, make a colourful addition to any garden and brighten up your home with freshly cut stems!
Regular picking will keep a supply of sweetly scented blooms for months.
This year we have planted a large bed in our garden with different named varieties plus some heritage types, Cupani was first introduced by a Monk in 1699 and still grown to this day, “Painted Lady” dates back to Victorian Times.
They can be sown in the late Autumn to overwinter which will produce strong and vigorous plants or sown in early spring. Once the seedlings have three or four pairs of leaves pinch the tips out to encourage them to branch, plant out in spring and keep the them fed and watered.
They will need support, use wigwams made from bamboo canes or up trellis on walls and fences, if space is limited there are also dwarf bedding varieties that can be used in pots and hanging baskets. Picking flowers and dead heading will encourage them to produce more flowers.
For more information about National Growing for Wellbeing Week and free resources, visit https://lifeatno27.com/national-growing-for-wellbeing-week/