Planting out the second sowing of sugar snap peas

The sugar snap peas were ready to plant out a few days ago. First job was to build the framework for them to grow up with wooden posts and wire mesh.

We knocked six posts into the soil with a sledge hammer as shown in the photo.

Next up, we attached the wire mesh to each side, tying this to the posts at the top and the bottom of the wire mesh to keep it in place. The bamboo cane is in there just to straighten the wire mesh up a little bit. This stuff has a bit of a mind of its own, so we put a bamboo cane in there to push it back in-line with the rest of the row so that we could plant the peas in a relatively straight line.

Lastly, we nailed short wooden battens to the top between the posts to support the bird netting that we were going to throw over the top once planted to prevent pigeon attacks!

Next up was the planting as the pea plants were starting to outgrow their cells!

Whenever you are planting out plants, especially from cell trays, try and let the compost dry out a bit before you transplant them. This is the case whether you are potting a plant up, or planting it out. If you let the compost dry out a bit, the cells/pots are likely to come out more intact, and are less likely to impact the plants roots that they are housing.

As you can see, the plants had put out quite a lot of roots already! We dug a shallow hole for each cell tray with a trowel, and then popped one cell into each hole.

Before we started planting, we’d sprinkled some general fertiliser over the soil so that this would get trowelled into the ground as we were planting, giving the newly planted peas a little boost to get them going.

Then we carefully took each pea plant out of the cell tray, popped it into the ground and then gently firmed soil back round the plant to settle the soil around its roots.

Finally, we gave the plants a good watering to help settle the soil more around their roots. When watering in freshly planted out plants like this, we often put a drop of liquid seaweed in the watering can. It’s a general fertiliser and seems to get the plants growing in their new environment.

Now we’ll jut have to wait and see how they get on!

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