Pea sowing is simple and quick
If we were to mention vegetables that even children like, then we must mention peas. Yup, no garden is complete without a patch of peas. Growing pea is not complicated at all. On the contrary, the process is very easy and smooth. We shall focus on the most common pea sowing and growing – perhaps the most common method used to grow this crop. There is certainly nothing complicated about it. Nevertheless, we have prepared a short video you may use as a guide and inspiration. You’ll find the video at the end of this article.
Prepare the soil well
First of all, you should prepare the soil base well. If you have hard parts, such as stones on your flowerbed, remove them. When you have a properly levelled surface, start making holes for pea seeds. Holes should be about 2 to 4 cm deep. Pea plant should take a good root, and shallow planting is not the best way to go. Shallow planting makes the root part protrude above the surface. Roots above the ground absorb less water and nutrients and pods will not grow as large as they would if planted properly.
Distance between individual plants
You may germinate pea in a cotton wool without any soil substrate. This may not be necessary if you are planting peas during a warmer period. Given enough moisture, peas will germinate without any problems, even when planted directly in the soil. As for the distance between individual plants, it is rather a matter of opinion. However, the rule of thumb says that too dense planting is not good. We decided to plant closer than usual, mainly because we expect many children to pick the harvest.
Do not forget support stakes
Do not let your plants grow with any support. Pea plants need to climb onto something. If you fail to provide proper support your plants will simply lie on the ground, they will not grow properly, your patch will not look pretty and finally, your pods will be dirty with soil. Do not forget to provide additional support as the plant grows taller. As for the date of sowing, we have chosen the beginning of April.
Photo: Radek Štěpán
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