Steve Thorn wrote:Making this thread to document growing peas naturally with minimal work and maximum harvesting I hope.
Hopefully it'll be helpful to others also!
jordan barton wrote:Hey steve
I am interested in what you mean when you say growing peas naturally with minimal work. What have you done to these peas?
Naturally being a confusing word these days...
My peas this year required me to pre-sprout them inside. They went outside in February.
I did manage to fertilize the soil a few weeks before hand. I sprinkled the fertilizer on top and than mixed it in with a digging fork. no actually digging just mixing.
And aside from the occasional watering this spring, there have been very little done to them.
Emilia Andersson wrote:Mine are now about 30-35 cm tall and seem to be struggling to stay upright so I wanted to see what you're doing for pea support. Glad to see that you can just shore them up with a line of string.
Do let me know if there are any future risks (slugs?) that I can guard against!
Steve Thorn wrote:
My preference is to let them grow up along other things growing beside it. If there isn't anything growing next to it, you can let some "weeds" grow up alongside it, which is what I've done for the most part this year, and it's worked really well. The diversity of plants, and having a living mulch should decrease pests and help improve the soil as well. You can trim back the weeds some if necessary, but mine have been outcompeting the majority of the weeds growing nearby.
Steve Thorn wrote:Sorry to hear your peas struggled this year.
It sounds like maybe root rot possibly from all the water or maybe a fungal wilt.
Mine thrived in the cooler weather but started to fizzle out when the heat arrived and with the added disease pressure at that time. I had a few plants that seemed to be more disease resistant and heat tolerant and was able to save a few seeds from them, so I hope the plants get even better next year.
Hope your next pea plants do well!