There are two different ways to sow your seed:
- Sowing directly into the garden soil (preferably in a sunny spot) can be done in March or April. Loosen the soil thoroughly with a fork to a depth of at least 30 cm. There should be no recently added manure in this soil, and it should be a good permeable soil that won’t stay wet and cold for long. You could improve the soil with humus rich compost (not fertiliser). Draw a straight furrow 4 cm deep (use a string to keep you straight) and label your row. Plant one pea every 10 cm. Cover with 4-5 cm soil and press lightly in. Water immediately. More rows should be at least 70 cm apart. Protect your seed(lings) from the birds with for instance garden fleece, well anchored for wind. Force your peas if you like by allowing them to shoot indoors – this of course also prevents the birds getting at your seedlings
- Sow indoors in small pots, in February. The pots should contain a fine seedling potting compost. 1 pea per pot. Cover to a maximum of 3 cm soil, press well in a sprinkle with water. The pots should stand in a light spot, room temperature. If your seedlings shoot up too high before it’s warm enough to plant them out, slow them down by standing them in a cooler position. Your seedlings should never dry out. Give them room too and don’t allow the leaves of other seedlings to touch. The seedlings can be planted outdoors from March but do harden them off first. This means you bring a tray of seedlings outside, out of the sun, for one hour longer every day for five days. After these five days, you can plant out your pea seedlings, every 10 cm in a row, 70 cm between rows.