Sowing pod peas

Pod peas are a favorite in our family as they are delicious, grow well in cool climates and grow fast. Our boys especially like picking them from the plants and eating them there and then.

Dried peas from last year's harvest

Dried peas from last year’s harvest

This year we are planting two types of pod peas, both of which are heirloom types originating from The UK, Lord Leicester and Champion of England are both 8-10 pod peas that grow up to 3m tall. The seeds we use are from last year’s crop, so organic and local.

To begin with, the dried peas are soaked in water for 24 hours to speed up germination. I actually left them in for longer as the garden beds weren’t ready, but changing the water every 24 hours meant the peas were fine.

Germinated peas that have been swelling in water

Germinated peas that have been swelling in water

Sowing methods:
1. Direct sowing of soaked seeds into their final growing spot
2. Gutter germination, which involves sowing the seeds into a recycled plastic gutter from which the peas, once germinated, can be slid into their final growing location.

We are using 2 sowing methods this year to test the difference

Peas planted directly in the soil.

Direct sowing

Gutter sowing. These were sowed about a week ago when it was still frost outside.

Gutter sowing. These were sowed about a week ago when it was still frost outside.

The gutter germinating peas are also placed in the greenhouse, which on a sunny day already reaches temperatures in the 20 degree range.

Once the peas are germinated I will post updates to share which method allows an earlier crop.

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