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debs64debs64 Posts: 5,139
Growing peasfor the first Time this year on my new allotment do I nip out the growing tip as with sweet peas? Also after a bit of a disaster with my runner beans is it too soon to plant a piece in the West Midlands? Any advice gratefully received as I am very new to  vegetables


  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,139
    Plant peas not plant a piece! Predictive text!!!!!
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Hi debs 😃.  Don't have an allotment but OH grows peas every year. Our normal method is to sow indoors on a windowsill, use loo roll inners for good root depth, stacked in supermarket mushroom trays to catch the watering drips.

    At planting out time we leave the rolls on, they rot away easily underground. They're usually already halfway there by that time 😄.

    These were sown approx 14 days ago...

    He's tried direct sowing outdoors before but the plants took ages to get going, even when using a cloche to raise soil temps. You might have more success further south.

    He's growing "Alderman" and "early onward" this year.
    Oh, and he doesn't pinch them out.

    Good luck with your new allotment, hope you have a productive first year 👍🌱🌱🌱.
  • Purple OrangePurple Orange Posts: 19
    edited April 2018
    What was the disaster with the runner beans?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,948
    Think the disaster involved sowing them too early. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I have done the same and they are getting too big for my window sill. IveIlost two when my dog barked at a passing cat. I was thinking of planting them out and over May use a fleece at night. Anyone done anything similar?
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,139
    I planted my runner beans out 2 weeks ago then came home and read " plant out in late spring/ early summer"
    They are under fleece to stop pigeons stripping them and so far so good but I do feel a fool just hoping they will be ok 
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    @kitty wow that's great growth in 2weeks.  
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970
    I sow Runner and Broad beans in pots to plant later, the same with Peas, they are good strong plants when ready to plant out in the garden, very few if any loss's
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