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sonnycbr

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DD's pea advice
« on: February 04, 2010, 20:57 »
I'm sure I saw a photo a while ago (posted by DD?) of the way he grows his peas, I think with nets on both sides of the rows. Could you point me in the right direction for these pics as I fancy trying it myself this year.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2010, 20:22 by peapod »


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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 21:20 »
I sow first and net, but only about 6" off the ground. I use debris netting at this stage, well weighted down to keep the mice off.

Only when the peas are a few inches high do the supports and twine appear, the debris netting then moves on to be used elsewhere for brassicas and the like and it's replaced with any old netting sufficient to keep the pigeons off.

First stage:



Then increase the levels of the twine until you get:



and then:



and



The darn pigeons have got worse over the years, I used to net my peas from sowing until about 6" high and then again when the pods were setting. After last year, I'm going to have to leave them on all the time.

This is last year's crop, totally covered after the pigeons had a go at them. They did manage to recover quite well.You can just make out the netting.

« Last Edit: February 27, 2012, 08:46 by DD. »
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 #2 on: February 04, 2010, 21:25 »
Varieties, by the way:

First 3 photos: Kelvedon wonder, (2008)

Last photo, Kelevdon Wonder, 2 rows in the distance on the left, the others are self-saved hertiage peas. (2009).

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 21:27 »
do they have anything to climb up or is it just that string ?

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010, 21:30 »
It's polypropylene twine, actually, salvaged off newpaper bundles when Mrs Digger worked at a newsagents, but a lot of the blokes on our site use the thin green twine with good effect.

Peas are generally not good climbers, they need support.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010, 21:35 »
Case in point - 6' peas, (eventually), "Champion of England" another heritage pea. Won't climb, had to be helped.


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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2010, 21:45 »
Superb DD.....Can you explain a bit more about what you did preparing the soil and also spacings etc  etc...

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010, 21:50 »
Preparation?

Made a trench with a draw hoe, threw the seed in, covered, netted & went home. Honestly!

Pea spacing within the row in theory is this:



but I throw a few more in for good measure.

Spacings between the rows should be as high as the plant grows, but you could get away with a little less.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2010, 22:19 »
no not yet

oh right ok,

was lead to beleave the early ones could be planted through the winter until mark, but using a little extra seed to allow for loss

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2010, 22:26 »
Personally I don't think it worth the hassle of sowing really early to gain just a week or so.

I'll sow late March/Early April. Don't want to be too late, the earlier sowing will avoid the worst of the pea moth.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2010, 22:43 »
Preparation?

Made a trench with a draw hoe, threw the seed in, covered, netted & went home. Honestly!

Pea spacing within the row in theory is this:



but I throw a few more in for good measure.

Spacings between the rows should be as high as the plant grows, but you could get away with a little less.

This for Kelvedon or any peas?

3 inch apart in three rows is good......Lotsa PEAS ! ! ! !

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2010, 23:04 »
That'll do for your average pea!

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2010, 23:31 »
DD do you bother with Feltham first or any overwintering Pea??

Kelvedon best over the summer then ???

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2010, 09:21 »
how did the champion of england taste?
ive only grown kelvedon wonder and they were really sweet.

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Re: DD's peas
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2010, 09:28 »
The Champion Of England were good, but just had the couple of tastings. I saved the larger part for seed.

I like Kelvedon Wonder, (obviously) and something inside me is telling me to grow them as well as my heritage peas, but I've got 9 varieties of those to cope with already this year and on top of that I've volunteered to be a  Seed Guardian again, and I hope to get a couple more varieties there.

 


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