November 16, 2015
With the prospect of frost (day frost) next week, it is time to sow the peas in a manure pile. I have previously overwintered peas under plastic in the open air. Some years it has succeeded, other years severe frosts have taken the lives of the small plants, and a single year in March I discovered neat rows with only small holes after the mice had had a party. So I decided to drop the project.
Last year, anyway, as a sudden instinct, I sowed a remnant of a bag of Exzellenz in a mist bench on November 17th. Just before Christmas came the first sprouts, and during June came a quite satisfactory harvest of 2-3 kilos. So it should be tried again this year. The advantage of overwintering in a manure bank is partly that it is easier to cover with a few layers of non-woven fabric as needed, and partly that it is not so easy for the mice to find the treats.