How To Plant Peas
How To Plant Peas
Tom Cole from Capel Manor College shows you how to plant peas. This short video shows you how to sow, water, cover and even when to plant peas for a gardening treat.
Step 1: You will need
- A draw hoe. You can also use a trowel.
- A garden fork
- A landscape or metal rake
- Plant labels
- You may also need
- organic matter such as well-rotted manure.
Step 2: Prepare the site
Loosen the soil with a fork and remove any weeds or large stones. Peas should be planted in sunny or partially shaded sites that are sheltered from the wind. Use a landscape rake to create a level surface. If you have grown peas in previous years, try to avoid using the same site as this will encourage pests and diseases. If you have poor soil you may want to add organic matter before you start sowing.
Step 3: Sow
Peas should be planted in trenches in the soil. Lay a piece of string on the soil as a guide to make sure you dig the trench in a straight line. Use a hoe to dig a trench about 20 centimetres wide and 5 centimetres deep. The distance between each trench should be the same as the height of the fully grown plant. Check on the packet to see how high your plant will grow, as different varieties of pea grow to different heights.
Scatter the peas inside the trench, making sure there is approximately 10 centimetres between each one.
Step 4: Cover
Fill in the trenches by gently sweeping the soil back over the peas. Use the head of a rake to lightly press down the soil. This will remove any air pockets and make sure the peas are in contact with the soil.
Step 5: Water
If you are planting your peas in Autumn, the soil should be moist enough without watering. If you are planting in Spring they may need watering to keep the soil moist.
Step 6: Label
You may want to label your peas so you know where and when they were planted.
Step 7: Leave to grow
If planted in late Autumn, your peas will be ready to be harvested by late Spring.