Peas

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  January February March April May June July August September October November December
Sowing                                                
Harvest                                                

 

  January February March April May June July August September October November December
Sowing                                                
Harvest                                                

 

Sow 5cm (2") deep in 15cm (6") wide trenches placing seed 7.5cm (3") apart in ‘fives’. The distance between the rows should be equal to the expected height. Round seeded varieties can be sown in the autumn and early spring provided the soil conditions allow. The wrinkled seeded varieties can be sown from March to mid-July, starting and finishing with the quick maturing ‘early’ varieties and using ‘second early’ and ‘main crop’ types in between. Peas should always be grown in fertile conditions and given adequate support. Never sow peas in cold wet conditions. Pea Moth is the major pest, causing maggots in the pods. Spray 6-10 days after the first flowers have opened, with an appropriate organic or non-organic product. The worst effects of the Pea Moth attack can be avoided by sowing early (October to February) or late (June to July). Good weed control in the establishing crop not only reduces competition for light and nutrients but also keeps the level of Pea and Bean Weevil down. Approximate heights for Peas are a guide only. The condition of the soil can considerably influence the final crop height.

ALDERMAN
Height 150cm (5ft). Very high yields, can be harvested over a long period. Excellent quality and flavour.

CANOE
Height 75cm (21/2ft). Semi leafless, self supporting, producing an abundance of pods containing up to 10 peas.

CAVALIER
Height 75cm (21/2ft). Long pods carried in pairs, with up to 10 peas in each pod. The peas have a sweet flavour. Good disease resistance

DOUCE PROVENCE
Height 45cm (11/2ft). Winter hardy, round seeded variety gives an abundant early crop. Peas are very sweet.

EARLY ONWARD
Height 60cm (2ft). Ten days earlier than Onward. Prolific crops of well-filled pods.

FELTHAM FIRST
Height 45cm (11/2ft). Round seeded type for autumn and early spring sowing. Very early cropping, high yields.

HURST GREENSHAFT
Height 75cm (21/2ft). A heavy yielding second early with pods carried in pairs. Very sweet, popular on the show bench.

KELVEDON WONDER
Height 45cm (11/2ft). One of the best early dwarfs. Heavy cropper, suitable for successional sowing through the summer.

LINCOLN
Height 60cm (2ft). One of the sweetest varieties. High yielding main crop.

NE PLUS ULTRA
Height 150-200cm (5-61/2 ft). A heritage variety from the 1800’s. Tall growing with high yields of long rounded pods containing sweet flavoured peas. Has some Mildew resistance.

ONWARD
Height 60cm (2ft). The most popular main crop pea. A reliable heavy cropper, often used for exhibition.

PURPLE PODDED
Height 150-200cm (5-61/2 ft). This attractive purple and white flowered and purple podded pea contains green peas. Tastes as good as it looks. Pods can be eaten whole if harvested immature.

SHOW PERFECTION
Tall growing and produces dark green, long curled pods of a fine flavour and sweet taste. Amazing for the show bench and also useful in the kitchen and freezes well.

Petit Pois

WAVEREX
Height 45cm (11/2ft). Pods produced in abundance contain the ultimate in sweet-tasting peas. Freezes well.

Sugar Peas

SUGAR SNAP
Height 180cm (6ft). An edible podded variety, very sweet, excellent for freezing. May be cooked whole when young or, when fully mature, shelled and cooked like normal peas.

ZUCOLLA
Height 60-75cm (2-21/2ft). Excellent dwarf sugar pea with outstanding yields. The pods are glossy, dark green and full of flavour. Has Mildew and Fusarium resistance.

Mangetout Peas

CAROUBY DE MAUSSANE
Height 180cm (6ft). Purple-flowering mangetout type. Yields large succulent pods in abundance.

DELIKATA
Height 60-75cm (2-21/2ft). Mangetout type with attractive dark green pods. Very productive, good resistance to mildew and fusarium.

SUGAR DWARF SWEET GREEN
Height 75cm (21/2ft). Harvest pods when 7.5-10cm (3-4") long before they start to swell.