Oh peas, peas, peas, are you destined to be this year’s bogey crop?
Every year there is one vegetable that just doesn’t come good for me, despite everything I try. 2014 is proving a pickle for peas already.
I sowed three rows of Early Onward in my raised beds under a cloche in March, but germination has been really poor. I used pretty much a whole packet, yet only a dozen or seeds have come up.
I have watered regularly and didn’t sow too early, so can only think that I hadn’t broken down my soil enough before sowing. Peas are a big seed though, so I’d have thought they’d be muscly enough to force their way through.
Out of Date Seeds
I also had next to no germination from a greenhouse sowing of Kelvedon Wonder, and again, poor germination. This was very much my fault, as I used a packet of seeds that fell out of date in 2013.
I probably should have done a germination test by putting a few of the seeds on wet kitchen roll for a couple of days to see how many germinate. I’d recommend doing this for any seeds that are out of date as you get an idea of whether they’re in good nick or not.
If only I followed my own advice eh.
Anyway, I bought a fresh pack of Kelvedon Wonders a couple of weeks back and sowed them next to the original peas that did germinate. I’ve got decent germination with the new ones and was hoping they might catch up in time for planting out.
However, disaster struck once more and a rogue snail filled its boots on most of my seedlings in the greenhouse. Hmmmph. Someone really isn’t giving peas a chance at the moment.
And so, I’m back to the drawing board this coming weekend.
What Will Be, Will Be.
In the past couple of years, my bogey harvests have been spring onions and gooseberries. My gooseberries I sort of forgave as I had a right cut back of the bushes, but the spring onions were just a disaster. I tried direct and pots, and couldn’t get a decent specimen for love nor money.
I’d love to be able to follow this with several tips on making sure you don’t get a bogey crop yourself, but I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes you just can’t fight with an allotment. What will be, will be.
Some years, some crops just don’t want to grow, and that’s just the way it is.