Sweet Pea Bed – Before and After

Our biggest flower bed, which we jokingly call “the back 40” is 51′ x 81′ feet on two sides. The third “side” is an arc. The shape is strikingly similar to the infield of a baseball diamond, so we are toying with naming this bed the Oriole. We don’t know if orioles ever visit our area, though, so we haven’t settled on the name.

With our limited garden tools — currently only hand tools such as hoes, rakes, etc. — cleaning out 3 or so years of overgrowth is difficult, especially with the early deadline that sweet peas command. To keep the project manageable, we decided to just clean enough to plant the early spring seeds: the aforementioned sweet peas, blue larkspur, and violet nigella.

I already wish I had done some of the layout differently, but we wanted to make use of the current structures as much as we could. Hopefully the bunnies and deer won’t decimate the new growth before we get the fence up. Even more importantly, I hope I didn’t plant too late. This spring is warming up quickly, and sweet peas don’t like heat.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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