Monday, 19 March 2012
Holy Mackerel, We Have Planted Peas
No, really. We planted peas. Hard to believe - last year at this time it was going to be another 2 weeks before we could fight our way through the snow to check the hoop-houses. But it is warm (17°C today and it was even warmer on Saturday) and it is dry (somewhat alarmingly so) for mid-March.
Getting the trellis up took us 2 days (2 part days, really). Frames, bracing, strings to cut and tie - it's a long somewhat fiddly job before you even get to the actual planting. Look at that side-brace: warped much?
Strings were tied on to the top braces before being screwed in place - much easier that way.
Then the bottom braces are screwed in place, and the strings tied around them. This is to prevent the all-to-common effect we've had the last few years, of the well-grown peas catching the wind and billowing and creaking like a tea-clipper in full sail.
And finally, the planted peas. Two double rows on each side of the string-covered braces. There's Mrs. Van's, Spanish Skyscraper and Tall Telephone down the middle, with Dual, Harrison's Glory and Tom Thumb on either side. You can't see them; they're not up yet. Can't think what's taking them so long.
Okay, gotta go - off to plant some more peas.