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Sugar pod peas

Hi, i decided to grow some oregon sugar pod peas this year, never grown peas before but i started them off in small pots + cells in the window and now they have shot up and i have noticed the roots are coming out the bottom of the pot and im wondering if it would be a good time to plant them out or if its still too early? I live in the southwest of the uk.

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  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    I would give it another week or two before planting out. Or if you decide to plant ougo make sure it is well protected from wind/animals etc 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,340
    Peas are pretty hardy and they'll be fine planted now (as long as the soil isn't waterlogged) but do harden them off for a week first, by putting them outside during the day and bringing back inside (to an unheated area) at night.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 124
    Thanks! i think i will harden them off outside, i've got something to keep the rain off for now.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,340
    edited March 2018
    Also keep an eye out for slug and mouse damage - they are highly susceptible at this size!
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 124
    Thanks bob, i will do that.
  • DinahDinah Posts: 278
    I just put early shelling peas out in shallow trenches in my big, big re-usable grow bags. They are in a sheltered spot I have in the vegitable garden though. I'd sprouted them in a plastic bag of compost, but they were growing too fast for the bag, so I decided to plant direct, since the soil here had warmed a bit. Now I am biteing my nails and looking out anxiously into the garden and at the weather forcast. The birds may have found them already, since I saw a flock rise above the garden as dusk fell... could have been coincidence, I did plant the sprouts deeper than advised because they were well on their way, to be sure they weren't visible - unless they spied me putting them in  :/

    I have posh purple peas that I'm going to grow in florists buckets, now growing well in plastic water bottles (tops and bottoms cut off and a staple holding the cap end together to stop the compost leaching away). They are a bit younger than yours, but the best plants won't be getting a sniff of the fresh air until I am sure they are hardened off properly - I'm doing it in stages, first the cold, north facing porch, then the coldframe, then in and out, weather permiting, of a sheltered spot. I have to do that with all vegitables I start indoors.  It isn't the cold that is the problem so much as the harsh drying and brusing effect of strong winds that gets them. It depends where you are of course - I am part way up a mountain looking out to sea. I think I'd keep some of the best ones in pots for a bit longer and start to harden off the others and watch how they are going on. It wouldn't hurt to hold a few back just for a bit to be sure, they look so utterly perfect in your picture :)
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