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GROWING PEAS IN RAISED BEDS

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I wasn’t able to get started on growing peas in raised beds until quite late in the year. This was because of my accident which had me confined to a wheelchair, then crutches for most of this year so far  So rather than do nothing in the garden I began planting as much as I could on the window sills around the house. After I got going on the crutches I graduated to planting in plastic boxes in a recessed area at the back of the house.

However, not all the peas and broad beans that emerged from my little plastic greenhouses survived the long wait to be transplanted into the raised beds but I managed to salvage a few plants and the man in the garden centre (who was sold out of pea plants) said that since we were six weeks late getting our summer in Ireland, peas sown directly into the ground would do as well as those sown in pots and transplanted later. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed I might still be growing peas in raised beds

We managed to get all the pea plants and broad bean plants into the first of the raised beds, which is the designated LEGUME bed.

RAISED BEDS

Raised beds. Image of peas growing

We also managed to plant pea seeds as well. Since I am quickly learning how easy it is to fill up a raised bed I am also looking for other spots to grow peas around the place. We both love peas and I have lots more in the packet plus lots of space in the garden – it’s just a case of moving piles of stones, huge rocks, the odd boulder, digging, pulling out scutch grass and other extra strong weeds…

Or, since I have been reading up on how to grow vegetables I could try the easy ‘no-dig’ method and just press the pea seeds into the soil below the fence and see what happens to seeds grown the lazy way. What I actually did is to find some more locations for peas and you can read about those peas here.

To keep the peas in place and bearing in mind the strong coastal winds, I made sturdy 5 stick supports from bamboo canes. I would have preferred to use found twigs and sticks from around the area but I just haven’t been mobile enough to collect enough of them. Never mind the main thing is to hope that by August the canes and branches are all dripping with bulging pods and that I’ll be busy harvesting peas.

More about growing vegetables here.

 

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