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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2010, 19:41 »
When you say indoors, where do you mean?
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!


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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2010, 21:31 »
It's the first week of Feb.  If the packet says March for indoors then that's at least a month away, surely  ::)
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2010, 22:59 »
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.

But there's nothing stopping you!

I can't remember how many trays full of paper-pots I grew last year..... it was my first (fib - 2nd) experiment with peas - and it was successful! They were brilliant.

Year before hardly a sausage let alone a pea when I sowed direct into the soil - This year I am sure I will be fed-up making paper pots and try some directly sown as well. Learning by experience!!  ;)
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2010, 08:04 »
Well, you know my technique.

Dig a hole, throw a generous handfull in.

It is really worth while trying to source loose pea seed. It's a fraction of the price of the rip off packeted ones and you can afford to sow more thickly to allow for losses. Happily this year I've got stacks of my own seed so it's going to be even cheaper - free!

 It's also worth the time making sure your seeds are well netted and and the nets securely pegged down. I manage to (mostly) keep the mice off that way.


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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2010, 08:12 »
Guttering is better than pots as you can sow closely too just like a 'real' row.
I was late getting my plot last year so started some off in guttering.  Worked really well, but there was a bit a stall when transferred but I didn't lose any, but the few I did sow into the ground did get away better so I'd prefer to do that if the ground is ready.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2010, 08:45 »
Let me quote an example for costs of packet seed versus loose.

There are between 3,000 and 6,000 peas in a kilo. Let's take the middle ground and call it 4,500.

That famous store beginning with "W" sells 300 Kelvedon Wonder seed for 97p.  That would be 15 packets and cost a bit short of 15 for a kilo.

My local nursery sells a kilo loose for 1/3 of that cost.

Even ordering a kilo via post from Moles seeds would only cost 8.30.

I know most people would not want a kilo, (but remember stored properly these would last a few years or you could share), it's quoted by way of showing that it's worth trying to find a local, usually independant, nursery or allotment association, failing that ordering from somewhere like Moles.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2010, 09:58 »
Ye sorry about that it says on the pack outdoors in march :wacko: Can I start them indoors now?
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2010, 10:27 »
all my peas failed to grow last year, would this be because of the brand of peas or pests?

the peas where ambassador for johnsons got one plant out of a whole packet.

what would be the best brand to buy? unwins?

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2010, 10:55 »
Ye sorry about that it says on the pack outdoors in march :wacko: Can I start them indoors now?

As I asked before, what do you mean by indoors?

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2010, 10:57 »
all my peas failed to grow last year, would this be because of the brand of peas or pests?

the peas where ambassador for johnsons got one plant out of a whole packet.

what would be the best brand to buy? unwins?

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Did they fail to grow, or get eaten as they popped up?

Don't think the supplier will make a lot of difference. A lot come from the same source. I've never had a problem with loose, unbranded from the nursery.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2010, 11:03 »
I have a lean to poly plastic roof doulble glazed door and window its where I planet my seeds. can get cold in there at night time.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2010, 11:13 »
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Did they fail to grow, or get eaten as they popped up?

Don't think the supplier will make a lot of difference. A lot come from the same source. I've never had a problem with loose, unbranded from the nursery.

fail to grow only one popped up and was savaged by wood pidgeons!  :lol:

what is a good easy to grow variety?

will be trying that method of support!  :D

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2010, 11:33 »
I have a lean to poly plastic roof doulble glazed door and window its where I planet my seeds. can get cold in there at night time.

 No harm in trying, it'll still be slightly warmer than outside.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2010, 11:33 »
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Did they fail to grow, or get eaten as they popped up?

Don't think the supplier will make a lot of difference. A lot come from the same source. I've never had a problem with loose, unbranded from the nursery.

fail to grow only one popped up and was savaged by wood pidgeons!  :lol:

what is a good easy to grow variety?

will be trying that method of support!  :D

I never failed with Kelvedon Wonder.
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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #44 on: February 08, 2010, 12:07 »
I have a lean to poly plastic roof doulble glazed door and window its where I planet my seeds. can get cold in there at night time.

I got some in the green house that have been out there for a while its unheated and they are surviving so far.  I got some seeds in too just waiting for them to pop through.  Its warmer than up North down here.
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