By Trina Bresser Matous
Twenty years ago I went to England to visit my grandmother. Because she was a wonderful gardener, I loved collecting seeds from her garden to grow in my own. All these years later, I still have sweet peas that came from seeds in my grandmother’s garden. The plants that grew from those seeds have survived bone-chilling cold winters and sweltering hot, dry summers.
A recent attempt to dig up a plant showed me just why the plants have suffered no ill effects, despite wide-ranging weather conditions. The key, it turned out, is in the roots. In relation to the sweet pea vines, the roots are thick and grow very deep. In fact, they were so deep I did not get them all when I dug the plant up. The roots on my sweet pea plant and the lovely flowers (more…)