Sweet Pea

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It’s sweet pea time!

Whether it’s enjoying a posy of home grown sweet peas, sweet peas cascading from a hanging basket or a fence or tripod covered in sweet peas in spectacular full bloom, sweet peas are a beautiful flower to have in your garden. It’s sweet pea sowing time, so now is your chance to dream ahead and decide where you would like to have this gorgeous flower on show.

Tall growing sweet pea varieties that are ideal for creating walls of colour include delicately patterned Yates® Sweet Pea Patricia Ann, beautifully fragrant Yates Sweet Pea Colourcade and vibrant Yates Sweet Pea Original. Compact varieties that are perfect for pots and hanging baskets include Yates Sweet Pea Bijou.

Here are some easy steps to create a very pretty sweet pea display:

  1. Sow seed around 15 mm deep into a garden bed or pot, firm down and water in well. If your soil is acidic (has a low pH) also apply some Yates® Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. This will help to raise the soil pH (make it more alkaline), which sweet peas prefer.
  2. Only water again sparingly until seedlings emerge in around a fortnight. Too moist soil can lead to the seeds rotting.
  3. Once the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. This fast acting complete fertiliser provides nitrogen for healthy leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium for lots of lovely sweet pea flowers.
  4. Tall varieties will need to be grown on a frame, trellis or tepee. Young seedlings may need to be supported with small twigs or bamboo skewers until they can reach their trellis.

Sweet peas take around 12-14 weeks to flower. Cut handfuls of deliciously scented flowers for a vase so you can bring their gorgeousness inside.

Flower care: protect new sweet pea seedlings from destructive snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem™ Snail & Slug Pellets.

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Keeping weeds under control

When weeds creep into our back and front yards, garden beds, patios, paths and driveways, they can ruin the look of the garden, bring nasty prickles or thorny leaves and steal valuable water and nutrients from wanted plants.

Weeds can also harbour pests and diseases, which can then go on to infect garden plants.

There are multiple different types of weeds that can infest gardens. Some are annual weeds that only live for a few seasons and others are perennial weeds that have a long life span. Some weeds are grasses, like couch and kikuyu that ‘escape’ into garden beds and others are broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clover and thistles.

Weeds can take advantage of mild autumn weather to quickly grow, flower and set seed, which can rapidly create generations of future weeds. Now is the time to get weeds under control in and around garden beds, fencelines, trees and shrubs, paths and driveways with some easy spot sprays of Yates® Zero® Weedkiller.

Yates Zero Weedkiller is an effective weedkiller that comes in handy ready to use packs for small gardens and in concentrated formulations for large gardens (or large numbers of weeds!) such as Yates Zero Super Concentrate.

Spray Yates Zero Weedkiller onto the foliage of weeds and the active ingredient moves down to the root system, killing the weed roots and all.

Yates Zero Weedkiller is non selective – only apply onto the weeds and don’t allow spray to contact plants you don’t want killed.


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