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quick pea question!

REMF33REMF33 Posts: 717
edited March 2022 in Fruit & veg
I want to plant out my hardened off, autumn sown peas today in a raised bed that is in its second year. I did not add manure to it earlier in the year as intended. Last year I grew borlotti and green beans in this bed. Should I add anything to it before I plant up?  I have manure (which worked as a last minute thing with the beans, but maybe not a good idea with peas?) and some slow release general purpose vegetable fertilizer to hand. Could also at a pinch go to B&Q (no car so no choice) but I prefer to keep it vegetarian! (So no blood and bone.)

edit: I think not use my veg fertiliser as it's NPK: 15-9-16.


  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 717
    I should say I have, of course, googled this before asking on here, but as there often is, there is conflicting information out there.
  • I wouldn't worry a great deal. This year I've put a couple small rows of peas in exactly where they went last year. Before hand I dug in some fresh compost to help break up the soil, popped them in and watered them with some flower Power (or general fertilizer if you prefer) and put some twiggy sticks in for support before tying them in to larger canes. I then just cover them over at night when frosty.
    Im sure if you dug in some of the rotted manure and fertilizer would do a good job as they're hungry plants and fast growing. 
    Good luck. 
    Happy Gardening
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,744
    I've recently heard that crop rotation isn't important and I read that quote potatoes shouldn't be planted in ground that has had potatoes growing in it for two years, I always rotate crops each year on a three year cycle but now wondering whether its needed.
  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 717
    Thanks. In the end I planted them with some MP peat free compost. They were autumn sown (first time I have tried this) so frost tolerant (the ones that weren't didn't make it... Darwin and all that!) 
    I haven't got it quite right with them.
    They are:
    1. very tall (the ones that didn't bend over and grow horizontally...)
    2. flowering and indeed podding
    3. the stems are very thin near the base
    So... what should I do to prevent all of the above next year? (Being tall means that some stems bent almost to the point of breaking while potting out. But I potted them on a while back, so at least they were not root bound.)
    Should I have pinched them out? I couldn't have grown them much colder...
    They look ok, the above notwithstanding, but we shall see.
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