Peas are one of the easiest plants to grow and you can make it easier on yourself by growing them in a polytunnel. This is a great project to do with children as they will be able to watch their plants grow. Kids will also enjoy picking and shelling the peas, which will encourage healthy eating habits.
Snap peas ripen 3 weeks after flourishing
Peas are a hardy crop that thrives in cool weather and are one of the first vegetables to be harvested. There are two main types, garden peas and snow peas. Snow peas are harvested before the seeds swell and are great in salads. Snap peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas and are grown in small spaces.
Growing peas in a polytunnel
Growing peas in a polytunel is an easy, rewarding experience. The warm, protected environment of a polytunnel will keep the peas healthy and free from pests and birds. This type of gardening space also allows you to control climate, humidity and irrigation. In addition, peas can be planted in successions to ensure a continuous supply throughout the growing season.
When planting, remember to separate the plants from each other to minimise the risk of cross-pollination. Sweet peas, in particular, are an ideal choice for polytunnels because they are a good pollinator for other crops. Sow the seeds in a 12cm pot of compost with sufficient space between them. Once the seedlings have germinated, they will flourish in the polytunnel.
Protecting pea plants from birds and mice
There are a number of effective ways to protect your pea plants from mice and birds in a polytunnel. One of the most common is by installing bird mesh. This is a net that is placed around the plants, usually during blooming time. This prevents the small animals from pecking at your pea plants. Alternatively, you can spray your plants with insecticidal detergent.
Mice and birds love pea plants and will often try to reach them by climbing the fences. These creatures are often very small, and a small percentage of the mature plants are lost to predation. This is a small price to pay for the benefits of the natural world. However, it’s important to ensure that the loss is sustainable and minimised.
Sowing seeds directly in a polytunnel
Before sowing seeds directly in a polytunnelling bed, it is important to prepare the soil with organic matter. You can do this by covering the bed with a cloche, row cover, black plastic sheeting, or mulch. You should also rake the soil to achieve a fine tilth.
Seeds must be sown in a well-drained, weed-free area. Check seed packets for the best sowing dates. It’s also important to consider the length of the growing season. Some vegetables are not suitable for growing in cold climates, while others need extra time to reach maturity.
Transplanting seedlings later
When it comes to growing peas, a polytunnel is a great choice. Peas are an excellent choice for growing in a polytunnel as they grow quickly and are easy to care for. They’re also beneficial for improving soil and should be planted in a crop rotation system. Plant peas at a time when the soil has warmed up sufficiently. Then, support them with netting, mesh, or branched twigs.
Sowing peas in a tunnel is ideal for harvesting peas in early April or mid-May. Be sure to pick the pods regularly, once or twice a week. If you don’t, they’ll stop flowering and won’t produce pods.