20th January 2018 at 11:26 pm #44542
Firstly, Happy new year to you and yours.
Up till now I planted my Garden Peas in double rows, 5cm between plants in the row and rows 20cm apart, double rows 60cm apart.
This season I plan to try your clump method, 2-3 plants per station 15cm apart. Can I plant the clumps in similar fashion to my previous double row method and could I still use the 20cm spacing? The rows of clumps, as with the single planting method will be staggered. My gut feeling says yes as I am not getting anymore plants into the area then I would using my original method, but as always I value your thoughts.
Thanks for your advice,
Don.21st January 2018 at 5:26 am #44545
Hi Don, yes I would continue with those same spacings but 15cm between your plants, may your crop be good.21st January 2018 at 9:40 am #44546
Could you point me in the direction of the instructions for Charles’s clumping method please?
Many thanks21st January 2018 at 10:12 am #44547
The method is called multisowing. It is mentioned in a number of Charles’s Books. There is a brilliant Article on the subject under the “Learn” tag at the top of this page that will give you all the information you need.
And here is a link to one of Charles’s Videos on the subject https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXOM2gzL0AQ.
Hope that helps.
Don.23rd January 2018 at 7:23 am #44604
Many thanks Don for saving me time searching for the info. I had seen the video and use the method for beetroot, etc – just hadnt registered the peas! I will give your method a try this year.
Beverley23rd January 2018 at 8:35 am #44607
Don.23rd January 2018 at 8:48 am #44608
Your welcome. I have always had to plant Peas in modules/guttering because of problems with birds/mice and it was very fiddly transplanting so many seedlings (24′ row). This method will make the process so much easier.
Don.23rd January 2018 at 3:13 pm #44624
Dan of allotment-diary.co.uk sows his peas in guttering filled with compost and germinates them in his polytunnel, which he then slides into a trench in his plot when the young shoots are ready. He had problems with mice too. He has done a few videos about it and seems to get very good results too……23rd January 2018 at 3:24 pm #44625
I use that method also but it to can be fiddly. On the whole I think the multisowing method is probably the best system.
Don.23rd January 2018 at 5:30 pm #44628
I use multisowing too. I was just mentioning it as a friendly comment!23rd January 2018 at 5:38 pm #44629
I took it as such! What I was actually trying to convey is that when I try removing the Peas from the guttering it invariably comes out in broken sections of 3, 4 or 5 seedlings. It never slides out as we see in the various Videos on the subject.
Don.24th January 2018 at 9:23 am #44643
Good point about guttering Don and often things that are made to look easy on say videos, or described in writing, are not!
Another example is “lifting parsnips by first pushing down, then pulling out with no fork needed” That simply does not work here, I use my copper spade in fact, and is applicable in my experience only to loose perhaps sandy soil, not dense silt and clay.24th January 2018 at 10:46 am #44649
I have exactly the same experience with my Parsnips. A little spade work and gentle teasing have to be applied.
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