How To Get Peas Out Of Guttering And My Bean Trenches

Finally the weather has picked up and I have noticed the weeds have begun to grow at my allotment.  This isn’t all bad though, as the soil is obviously warming up too.

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This week, I have planted my onion seedlings that I sowed in modules back in January.  This is an experiment, as I am hoping that they will be slightly stronger plants than the onions I grow from sets.  I will also be planting onion sets as well, so I can compare them.  I have been warming the soil for a few weeks, by placing clear plastic over it, so hopefully this will give the seedlings a good start.

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Another job at my allotment was to plant the peas that I sowed in guttering on the 22nd March.  They have sat in my coldframe since I sowed them.

I have tried different ways of sowing my peas, but the best way I find to start my peas off, is to sow them into small lengths of guttering.  You can read about it here.

I promised to show you how I get them out of the guttering, when they are ready to transplant:

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First I use a draw hoe to make a small trench the size of the guttering, ready to plant the peas.

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Then I used a spare bit of guttering and I lift one end of the compost to slide the guttering underneath the roots of the peas.

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The spare piece of guttering ”pushes’ the peas out into the trench that you made with the draw hoe.

  I then use the draw hoe to push the soil back around the peas and the compost they are growing in.

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I water them and then I make a frame, using chicken wire and canes, for the peas to grow up.  I have been using the same chicken wire for three years now and it supports the peas really well.  I thread the canes through the chicken wire and then push the canes into the ground.

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To finish off with, I put glass around my peas to give them a little bit of protection for a couple of weeks and also to stop the birds from eating them, as they love new pea shoots.

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I don’t know if you remember, but in the Autumn I dug a ‘runnerbean trench’.  Over the autumn and winter, I filled it with all my old vegetable peelings and then covered it back up with  soil.

On Tuesday I put my runnerbean canes up, (ready for the end of May) and I thought it would be a good idea to show you how my soil looks now, so I dug a hole to show you:

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The photograph on the right shows no sign of any vegetable peelings as they have all decomposed.  The added organic matter will help the soil around the runnerbeans to hold the moisture, which is exactly what runnerbeans like.

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Finally, I thought I would show you the ‘aubretia’ that I grew from seed last year and planted around my pond.  I am really pleased with it, now it has started to flower.  There are a couple of tiny gaps still but I’m sure the plants will grow into these soon:

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Thank you for reading my blog today.

I will be back on Monday at approximately 4pm.

Have a good weekend!

 

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11 thoughts on “How To Get Peas Out Of Guttering And My Bean Trenches

  1. The shorter lengths must be the answer as our peas never would come out. We have sown some in pots. Do you peas end up falling foul of pea weevils?

    Our seed sown onions aren’t really progressing at all well.

    • Oh dear that’s not good news about your seed sown onions, are you planting sets as a backup too? Yes, I tried long lengths of guttering and couldn’t get the peas out either. I’ve been lucky mostly with my peas and I never have a big problem with the pea weevil, do you?

      • The seed sown ones were just because we had some free seeds – we have plenty of sets in.

        We do get lots of pea and bean weevils but the plants usually grow quickly enough to outgrow their nibbling. Last year though they decimated young slow growing pea plants especially direct sown shoots.

  2. Have never tried the guttering method of sowing peas, is a great idea, i love the aubretia around the pond, i grew it once from seed 20 years ago and i still have some of it growing, project for sometime is re doing the rock garden, i doubt if it would be this year but would be handy to grow some plants in readiness.
    Sue

  3. I have just put in my peas, via the guttering method, which I have been doing since the 1980s after reading the late lamented Geoff Hamilton’s Organic Gardening. Finally my onions went in this week following your advice about starting them off in modules while the weather was so cold and wet. I love reading your blog, it is full of good advice. Lesley

    • Thank you so much Lesley, I love feedback, especially when it’s good lol. Geoff Hamilton was a wonderful gardener. I loved the Kitchen Garden series he made, he really was the king of organic gardening wasn’t he.

  4. Hi! Its all looking good! You got me again with the gutter referance! LOL! I had this metal image of you up on a ladder beside your house tending to the roof gutters, LOL!!!

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