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    So I'm going to try Peas this year and I don't want to direct sow them on the plot, so my question is do I drop them in a bag of damp compost as I do with my broad beans and put them in a heated propagator (don't have a airing cupboard) or do I soak them overnight and just place them on some paper towel in the HP.

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    I grew peas for the first time last year - I sowed them in toilet roll innards with normal compost and kept them indoors, then planted them out still in the toilet rolls, which just rotted down. I'd say 95% germinated.

    This year I bought some "proper" root trainer thingies with lids and just sowed a load on Sunday there. I didn't soak the peas last year and they grew absolutely fine, and I didn't soak them this time either.
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    They don't need much heat to germinate, I've done a couple of sowings already this year, the first lot were inside in the conservatory (no heat though, they'll go leggy / rot) and the second lot in the unheated greenhouse (although they did have a plastic cover on until germination. Both sets were done in guttering, sowed at the spacing I want as a double row and supported in seed trays (ie the guttering is cut to length so manageable). When I want to plant out there is no individual planting, I just dig a shallow trench and then slide out the seeds. A doddle. Some people prechit but there's no need and it's more work.

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    I tried starting peas off in a damp bag in the airing cupboard a couple of years ago, but they rotted, so now I still start them off inside, but without any heat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    They don't need much heat to germinate, I've done a couple of sowings already this year, the first lot were inside in the conservatory (no heat though, they'll go leggy / rot) and the second lot in the unheated greenhouse (although they did have a plastic cover on until germination.
    That's interesting ... I'm thinking it would maybe be better to move my seed trays of peas out to the cold frame, then, rather than keeping them inside the conservatory as that can get pretty warm during the day? The temperatures outside are still going below freezing at night, and the max (if we're lucky!) is ranging between 2 degrees and 7. I only got the cold frame the other week so I don't actually know how much warmer than "outside" temperature the pea seeds would be inside it.

    I'm wondering if I put them out in the cold frame will they still germinate, given I only sowed them on Sunday? They're in root trainers with a clear plastic cover at the moment.

    I like the sound of the guttering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Currysniffa View Post
    So I'm going to try Peas this year and I don't want to direct sow them on the plot, so my question is do I drop them in a bag of damp compost as I do with my broad beans and put them in a heated propagator (don't have a airing cupboard) or do I soak them overnight and just place them on some paper towel in the HP.

    Please let me know what you think is the best way to get as many as possible to germinate..

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    I planted mine into guttering, currently sitting in the greenhouse and they are going out to the lottie on Friday for planting and cloching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginVegGrower View Post
    I planted mine into guttering, currently sitting in the greenhouse and they are going out to the lottie on Friday for planting and cloching.
    Hmmmm. It's the cloching bit that puts me off ... I don't have any and the places I plan to put the peas don't lend themselves very well to cloches either because of size/space issues.

    Think I will just have to wait a bit for the weather to get warmer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croila View Post
    Hmmmm. It's the cloching bit that puts me off ... I don't have any and the places I plan to put the peas don't lend themselves very well to cloches either because of size/space issues.

    Think I will just have to wait a bit for the weather to get warmer
    Why not lay down some plastic and peg it in order to warm your soil up. Give it a couple of weeks and sow end March. Should germinate OK by then.

    I only sow at home then plant out on lottie as we have nibbling pea issues with the mice.

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