Posted: 04/03/2013 at 22:58
Use decent soil or compost,water well before planting,and water gently thereafter - peas should germinate easily in greenhouse,but perhaps leave out a humane mousetrap (which catches the mouse but doesn't kill it - you can,if like my sister who can't kill anything, release it in the wild - but at least quarter of a mile away or it may return!) - I occasionally get a mouse in my greenhouse and he would make inroads on tender pea shoots or seeds given the chance! Pigeons are different altogether - if they have an alternative food source, like your feeder droppings, they may well stick with it, but when they discover an new source of food, such as your peas, or my sprouts at the allotment, they will go mad for it, and the crop can virtually disappear in a few days. My peas suffered from pigeons last year as I was away for a few days when they came up, and I had forgotten to net them! Never underestimate pigeons - they are pretty thick and slow to find food sources, but when they do - watch out!