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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2010, 09:40 »
D.D. You appear to be the King of peas-  I am a novice when it comes to peas, I sow them (early onward) Feb or early March but never get much germination usually 1 or 2 in a row.  My soil is heavy clay,  Do peas require plenty of compost or am I too early.  Any tips.  Thanks.


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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2010, 09:49 »
It may be that your soil is a bit on the heavy side, peas prefer a lighter soil with plenty of humus, but not fertiliser.

You could try forking in a bit of multi-purpose compost to lighten the soil a bit. Personally, I'd also hold back with the sowing until it gets a bit warmer.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2010, 10:37 »
Thanks DD.  Just one more question - How deep would you sow the seeds.  The packet usually says 2-3".  Thanks

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2010, 10:39 »
Very impressive DD - do you have a massive allotment or do you just use a lot of it to grow peas because that looks like a lot of peas!

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2010, 10:40 »
you need lots of pea plants to get any great amount we had only a few and got only a few peas. 
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2010, 11:03 »
I've got 2 1/2 plots amounting to 800 sq yds.

in 2008 there were 4 x 32' rows of KW peas plus a 20' row of Jaguar, (which I wasn't over inpressed with), plus 3 isolated spots for heritage peas, grown purely for seed.

Total, I guess over 150' of peas.

Last year 6 x 24' rows - about the same.

Oh - then there's the mangetout.

I do admit that they take up a lot of space for the return, coupled with the fact only about half the produce makes it home!

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2010, 14:09 »
can you help d.d i bought some onward peas from original touch but the instructions are very  confusing   :) when can i put them in and do they need support? many thanks :)

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2010, 14:29 »
I'd treat Onward exactly the same as I've done with Kelvedon Wonder.

Sow late March/Early April, net to protect and support in some way of your chosing. (You've seen my way, but there are plenty of others).

Seed & row spacing as previous posts.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2010, 14:32 »
DD do you bother with Feltham first or any overwintering Pea??

Kelvedon best over the summer then ???

No and yes.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2010, 14:33 »
Thanks DD.  Just one more question - How deep would you sow the seeds.  The packet usually says 2-3".  Thanks

2" - about right.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2010, 18:59 »
Is it worth starting the peas pots? sorry for silly question its just my first year of growing peas. the type of pea is junos
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2010, 19:06 »
Just bear in mind that you need a lot of peas for a decent return. 12 plants for each foot of row is recommended. For a decent row, that's hundreds of plant and a lot of pots.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2010, 19:12 »
There is always planting in a length of gutter (sorry, don't know a link on here to it but there is bound to be some), or chitting which I did with success last year - In April / May I hasten to add.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=37405.15
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2010, 19:27 »
Thats what my dad said he has 6x6ft lenghts of gutter ready but I thought I might ask first just got confused (not hard) as it said on the packet sow out side.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2010, 19:30 »
sorry me again can I start them now as it says March on the packet if starting in doors?



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