Peas Imported OS 10 - Seeds
Fresh peas picked straight from the garden are a revelation! Once you’ve tasted how sweet they really taste, you’ll never want to eat frozen peas again. Better still, growing pea plants is incredibly easy and you can achieve a good yield in a small space. In fact, you can even grow them in containers on the patio for a really space-saving crop.
Common name: garden pea, field pea, spring pea
Height: Up to 2 metre
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun.
Soil: Well-drained soil. Peas prefer a soil with a pH range of 5.8 to 7.0.
Water: Water deeply once a week. Never allow the soil to dry out totally or you ll drastically reduce pea production. The critical time for watering is when the plants are blossoming and producing pods. When pods are maturing in hot weather, water daily if needed to maintain pod quality.
Fertilizer: Peas are light feeders and don t generally require fertilizer. In fact, too much nitrogen will make the plants develop lush foliage at the expense of pod production and be more susceptible to frost damage.
- Peas grown close together shade out weeds, keep the soil cool, increase yields, and make the most efficient use of garden space.
- Simply broadcast the seed in the row, allowing the seeds to fall as they may, some even touching.
- Cover with an inch of soil in the spring; two inches in the summer for your fall crop.
- Don t thin the pea plants when they germinate.
- Raised beds.
- To get peas in the ground and germinating as early as possible in the spring, plant them in raised beds.
- The raised beds warm up faster than the surrounding ground.
- Legume inoculant.
- Like other members of the legume family, peas have a symbiotic relationship with Rhizobia bacteria that colonize the roots of the plants and help them fix nitrogen in the soil.
- After soaking the seeds overnight in lukewarm water, drain them and sprinkle an inoculant over them just before planting.
- This will boost the pea plants and produce higher yields.
- Because peas feeder roots run shallow, mulch is essential to keep the soil around the roots moist and cool.
- When the seedlings are two inches tall, apply a mulch of clean straw, chopped leaves, or compost.
- As the pea plants mature, you can add more mulch to keep them happy.
- All peas, even the dwarf varieties, grow best with support.
- Peas are productive and less susceptible to rot if given some support or, for taller varieties, planted along a fence or trellis.
- Interlace untreated twine between posts to act as a trellis.
- At the end of the season, just cut down the twine, pea vines and all, and toss on the compost pile.
Harvesting: Harvest pods carefully. Use your fingernail to pinch off the pods or use scissors. Pick garden peas when pods are well filled but before they begin to harden or fade in color. Harvest snowpeas when the pods are young and tender and the peas inside are undeveloped. Snap peas are ready when the pods are plump, but still crisp and well colored. Pick peas every day during the harvest period.
- Make sure that you have well-drained, humus-rich soil.
- Poke in any seeds that wash out.
- Be sure, too, that you don t fertilize the soil too much.
- Though adding compost or manure to the soil won t hurt, peas don t need heavy doses of fertilizer.
- Water sparsely unless the plants are wilting.
- Pea greens are at their best simply sauteed in a bit of olive oil or grapeseed oil.
- Some browned garlic or shallots add a nice bit of sweetness, and a squirt of lemon juice at the end highlight the bright, clean flavor of pea greens.
Pea greens are also delicious added to soups, where their great leafy volume cooks down into lovely green ribbons.
Before cooking pea greens, look them over and cut or snap off any tough ends.
- You can cut them up to make them easier to eat after they re cooked.