what to sow in October
When it comes to flowers October and November are usually the last months that you'll get away with sowing seed outside, but a sowing of hardy annuals is always worthwhile. They'll make sturdy plants by next spring and flower earlier. Some perennials will also be happy sown now. But if you have the benefit of a greenhouse, warm windowsill or well lit shed there are plenty of seeds that are eager to grow now.
As well as flowering peas you can also sow hardy overwintering peas for the kitchen. Sown now the young peas will give some tasty peas shoots for winter salads as well as a crop of vegetables in the summer, this is also one of the best months to sow Broad beans.
When you buy seeds from us you can be certain they've been tested for performance and of course each seed packet has full instructions and aftercare tips.
Unwins are famous for sweet peas, ever since William Unwin first found a sport in a row of Prima Donna' sweet peas back in 1901. We still sell Sweet pea 'Prima Donna' plus many other wonderful varieties bred over the last 110 years. We are very proud of our heritage.
Our sweet peas are renowned for their range of colours including the soft pastel shades, all of which are gorgeous; but if you want to create a stir next summer ‘Madison' boasts eye-popping scarlet flowers. This is one of a selection of NEW Strongly scented sweet pea from Unwins that should set the border on fire!
Sow sweet peas now and they'll produce the most vigorous plants that will flower earlier next summer. Sweet peas flower profusely from summer to autumn producing masses of flowers for the house. You keep picking and they'll keep flowering!
Sow sweet peas at a temperature of 10-15C/50-60F they don't need high temperatures to germinate. Sow seed individually into deep pots or cell trays or into special pea and bean root trainers filled with good compost. Keep warm and keep the compost moist but not wet until seeds germinate. You can keep the trays of sweet peas in a cool greenhouse or in cold frames outside. Sweet peas are hardy but protect the seedlings from severe winter weather.