We don't skimp on peas seeds when we are sowing. Some would say that we go overboard and sow too thickly but as I mentioned in an earlier post, this works for us and we are now being rewarded with 'bushy' rows of young pea seedlings.
As well as sowing 'ordinary' garden peas we have also sown a row of Delikata - mangetouts and a row of Oregon Sugar Pod - sugar snap peas. Both have now pushed through so I am hoping that the weevils confine themselves to nibbling the broad beans that can withstand their attentions.
We have also now managed to plant out our sweet peas - getting drenched in the process. Having set our sights on getting them planted we were not going to let the rain deter us. We delayed starting when the rain was at its heaviest and sheltered in the shed with a cup of coffee but as the rain eased we decided just to go for it.
To save space in the greenhouse the seeds were sown two or three to a module cell and each cell treated as one plant. For some reason we couldn't fit all the plants into the usual area and so had to create a second sweet pea area in what will become our annual flower bed. Honestly I ordered the same number of seed packets so either the packets contained more seed this year or germination was better.
Hazel twigs will be pushed along the rows to support the plants soon. We also need to allocate another bed to another sowing of peas.
When we left the sweet peas looked a bit bedraggled having been subjected to a downpour - however, you should have seen the state we were in. It called for immediate showers and gardening clothes being dried out when we arrived back home!