I learnt something interesting on Friday, while watching the first of a new series of Gardeners' World on the BBC (yay!). Peas like nice, deep roots. This can be achieved by planting them in biodegradable peat plug pots, which probably cost stupid amounts of money from a garden centre. Or you could use loo rolls. They didn't specifically say this on GW but I swear I saw some loo rolls in the same camera shot as the peat pots. A bit of research confirms that loo rolls (empty, of course) are ideal pea planters! This works for sweet peas as well as conventional peas, and I would assume it would work well for bean plants as well. So I have been planting sweet peas this afternoon, and will be planting regular peas this week, since last year's crop was largely eaten by small furry things and maybe blackbirds before they had even sprouted! I'm hoping pre-sprouting the peas will give them a better start bfore planting out mid/late Spring. I would advise, though, that you put your loo rolls in something like an old ice cream tub before you fill them with compost, since transporting them after planting results in a substancial loss of compost from the bottom of the tube (*sigh*). Fill tube with compost, three seeds (sweet peas) or one large seed (eating peas) to a tube, water and leave on windowsil. Wait patiently for Spring.