This year’s pea crop is growing well already. I sowed these a couple of weeks ago from the seed I saved last year so I’m very excited to see them sprouting. It feels great to know that this crop will be completely free. I have just sowed another row in guttering to keep the succession going. I expect I’ll be putting them in the ground up at mtp in a few weeks. Last year I sowed my peas on March 26th so this year’s sowings are significantly earlier than last. However, they seem to be pretty hardy. I have had them under fleece since I sowed them but last night I forgot to put them back under fleece and they are still fine. Although I did notice a big paw-shaped print in the middle of the dirt. Hmmm….
Great site! Brilliant tips and some rather fine photography.
I wonder, do you keep the guttering sowed peas in a greenhouse or do you leave out in the elements?
Hi L & L – in answer to your question, the peas are outside under fleece. mtp doesn’t have a greenhouse :(
Hi mtp. Discovered your brilliant blog a few weeks ago and have been catching up on the last couple of years. Loved the pea picture as am growing my own for the first time – although not completely going to plan. Sowed 1st dozen – waited 3 weeks – nothing appeared. Did another lot – this time following advice to pre-soak. Lot One apeared after 3 1/2 weeks and lot Two appeared after 1 week. Not quite the succession crops I was after but as a pea novice am prepared to accept any success!
Hi, I’ve been looking for a good veg blog to guide me through the coming months. Keep up the good work!
I sowed my first ever crop of peas indoors and they have taken well. They are a climbing Pea Amelioree d’Auvergne from realseeds.co.uk. I’m about to plant them outside. Do they need any protection from pests? I heard Pigeons and mice can be a problem.
Hi Mark – thanks for posting. Mice are only a problem when you first sow since they like to make away with the seeds in the dead of night – little tinkers!
The pigeon thing could be a problem but to be honest they’re more interested in cabbages etc and plants with larger leaves that they can easily get hold of. You can always net them if you’re worried.
Looks great. We started ours inside a greenhouse in gutters. So far even with temps reaching down to 25 we are still doing well. We did cheat the system a bit by using roofing heat rope but it certainly works.