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Sowing onions, shallots, garlic and sweet peas

We are sowing onions and shallots in the greenhouse.  If you have sets, now is the time to put them out.  Last year several people asked about garlic so this year we have plenty.  It is out in the cold which is apparently necessary if you want it to divide into cloves.

The first sweet peas are sown. They are very touch and the early batches will make better plants than the later ones. We shall have Matucana  again this year. This lovely purple and violet bi-colour was introduced from Sicily in 1699. It is very strongly scented and wonderful for cutting. For a really stunning effect, try growing it with Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’

Ipomoea purpurrea 'Grandpa Ott'

try growing this with the wonderful Matucaa sweet pea. Both available here at Downside Nurseries at the time of writing

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