We do enjoy home grown peas whether raw in a salad or cooked. We also like to freeze them for use later in the year. The problem is that we never seem to get enough so this year we are devoting more space to them. We are growing climbing French beans that will take less ground space and cutting down on the number of runner bean plants so this free space will be given to peas.
We are sowing two types of mangetout - Carouby de Maussane and Golden Sweet - and three of 'normal' peas - Onward, Kelvedon Wonder and Ambassador. Note the super large pack of Onward seeds which will hopefully produce our main crop and also a supply of pea shoots.
We don't direct sow many things on the plot but we have found that directly sown peas seem to grow far stronger and produce a better crop for us. It won't surprise regular readers that we grow the peas through a trench cut into weed control fabric.
We sow a generous amount of seed to try and compensate for any losses to wildlife or non-germination.
Yesterday I sowed a first batch of Golden Sweet which should have yellow pods, Ambassador and Kelvedon Wonder and a third batch of Onward. Two rows of Onward have already germinated and are growing well.
They haven't escaped the attentions of the pea and bean weevils as the leaves have the tell-tale notches.
Fortunately this doesn't seem to impede their growth or their cropping potential.
The row of earlier sown Carouby de Maussane are just pushing through the soil.
These mangetout have attractive purple flowers. Interestingly for the first time this year I noticed that mangetout seeds are a different colour to normal pea seed. They are a purplish- brown as opposed to green.
Initially the newly emergent shoots are given a little protection from pigeons using some hazel twiglets.
Later hazel poles will be used to support the mangetout and short twigs will support the other peas.
We are hoping - well we can hope - for a good pea crop but for now we will have to content ourselves with the peas shoot being harvested from the greenhouse.