Allotment peas

Sunday was pea planting day. OH had already been up to the plot on the Saturday and put up the posts for the first four lines of peas with one of his awesome roll-up paths in between.

The paths are made of old wood, cut to length, painted and then stapled to some weed-suppressing membrane to make a kind of wooden carpet runner. This path is painted sage green, it’s a bit ‘luck of the draw’ what colour they end up, it’s the first tin out of the cupboard that gets used.

So while OH dug another area of grassland to turn it (eventually) into productive soil, it was my job to plant the pea seedlings. We sow three peas per pot and we make the pots out of old newspaper, as anybody who’s read my book will know. This row took over 225 peas and I didn’t have quite enough to finish the fourth row, so I need to go back up in the week and plant some more.

They look pretty good though – we’re hoping for a record harvest this year!

We don’t sow our peas directly in the soil as we have an issue with mice eating them before they can germinate. Once they start to grow, the mice don’t bother with them, because the seed uses up all the tasty sugars very quickly in growing its stem and first leaves, so they become much less attractive to dig up and consume.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, March 28, 2011


Anonymous allotments4you said...

The roll up paths are a great idea...I think I might look into getting some of them made up myself...thanks for the tip!!

March 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I always wondered why the mice didn't eat the shoots and were only bothered about eating the seeds

March 28, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

Those paths look great, what a cool idea! We're a bit behind with peas this year, think we'll have to risk direct sowing in a few weeks. :)

March 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Wow that's a lot of peas. I've not grown before but trying mangetout this year and have some growing on in pots at the moment.

March 28, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Looks like a great big xylophone - very harmonious!

March 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

OH is known for his paths! If you have old batten lying around, this can be an excellent last use of it, before you bin/burn it. I will try to get him to give a little tutorial so everybody can see exactly how he does it.

Joanna - mice and rats will eat anything they fancy, but in terms of seed, they definitely prefer seeds that haven't begun to sprout as they are much richer in sugars than sprouted ones.

Damo, I think fresh early peas are one of the true joys of allotment life!

April 5, 2011 at 5:39 AM  

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