Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Sow­ing peas You can make a head start now if your soil is cold and wet by sow­ing early peas in some gut­ter­ing in the green­house.

Just buy a strip of stan­dard house rain gut­ter­ing, cut it into man­age­able lengths and place it on your green­house stag­ing.

Half fill the gut­ter­ing with pot­ting com­post. Sow peas about 3-5cm apart, cov­er­ing them with more com­post, wa­ter with a wa­ter­ing can fit­ted with a rose and place on the green­house stag­ing.

One the seedlings have grown to around 10cm, they will be ready to plant out­side in a sunny spot in soil with plenty of added or­ganic mat­ter.

Use a spare piece of gut­ter­ing to dig a trench the same shape and depth and then slide the seedlings, com­post and all, out of their gut­ter­ing and into the space cre­ated.

You may then need to firm the ground around them and wa­ter them in.

Pro­tect them from pi­geons by cov­er­ing them with net­ting sup­ported by stakes.

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