sweet peas

sweet peas

Hi... I'm a new arrival in this community and I have a question. I am planning to plant sweet peas for the first time this year. I'm going to put them on the south side of a six foot fence where they will get tons of sun. I'm thinking of simply attaching some twine to the fence for them to climb. My question: How and when to plant the seeds? Our average last frost date here (Denver, Colorado) is around mid-May. Can I plant them straight in the ground, or do I absolutely have to use pots first? Should I soak the seed before planting?
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