Rest in Peas

Easter may be over, but winter it seems, is not. This week I learned the hard way that an absence of snow (albeit five days) does not mean it’s Spring.

For the last few weeks I’ve been growing seedlings at home – much to the annoyance of Unhusband. Apparently he didn’t install a new kitchen for me to turn it into a greenhouse. Oh, really? The peas are loving it.

Anyway, this Saturday, the sun finally put in an appearance, so I decided to put Unhusband out of his misery and take the pea seedlings to the other greenhouse – the one at the allotment.  Unfortunately, I made the classic gardening mistake of forgetting to shut the greenhouse door.  On Sunday, I returned to a wilted, weeping mass of unidentifiable chlorophyll.

Peas are supposed to be hardy and should be able to withstand the cold. But not when they’ve been raised in a warm, loving environment of 19.5 degrees Centigrade.  

My other fatal mistake was not hardening them off. This means taking the seedlings outside for a few hours each day for a week or so, then moving them to a coldframe or greenhouse (and preferably shutting the door) before finally transplanting them outside when you’re absolutely sure it’s not going to snow / freeze / hail.

To be fair, I think those peas would have died even if I had shut the greenhouse door.  I’m sticking to the kitchen for the next few weeks.

I should have known it wasn’t Spring. Unhusband hasn’t even lit the barbecue yet. It must be cold…..


About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. With the weather taking its time to warm up at least you have the feeling of spring with the seedlings growing inside, right? Unhusband should appreciate that! 😉

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