Knox/eastTN--seeking input--Sweet Pea (lathyrus odoratus)
Preface: I just joined this forum this week. I lived away from Knoxville and our bioregion for about half of my life, moved back in '01 and had my first personal garden in Knoxville last year.
The garden is a west facing, truly tiny garden [BTW, Truly Tiny Gardens is a great photo/word/guidance book by the UK gardener/sustainable entrepreneur Tarling. You can usually find it at half.com. Save money on books. Then you have more money for other heart's desires.]
Last year, I grew some climber annuals for quick abundance and so that I could get to know my garden and microregion better. I have been enjoying collecting seeds from Blue Heaven and Moonglow Morning Glories, Nasturium and Cardinal Climber. I also began a longterm relationship with my new friends Purple Passion Vine, Jasmine, Red Hot Poker, and Yarrow.
I'd like to grow Sweet Pea and know that we can start them now here in Knoxville. They'll be growing and thriving in containers, some of which are at the base of a double metal abor covered with dried grapevine.
What I'd like to know is the soil particulars in our area, if there are any for nurturing them. What and when do you feed them?
Also, What are some of the favorites of yours?
Which types of "full sun" do you give your sweetpea friends? In your experiences, do any of them prefer a part sun/part shade microclimate?
Do you grow bushy and/or climbers? What size containers are you using?
Is it okay for the seeds if I companion plant them in a pot where any of the above named perennials are already growing?
and what other plants/yard art have you combined your buddies with?
I look forward to hearin' from you.
Bliss, bless, humor and peace to all beings,
(sounds just like Davie)