- mangetout – the whole pod is eaten with tiny underdeveloped peas inside
- shelling peas - these are round (for early peas) or wrinkled (for summer peas & are sweeter)
Peas grow best in the first half of the year when it is not too hot.
Sow every 2 weeks from March until July for a continual supply.
Sow seeds thinly in drills 5cm (2in) deep, allowing 45-60cm (18-24in) between the rows.
Site – sunny as soil needs to be warm for peas – so cover with polythene if cold.
Soil - deep & rich with well rotted manure or compost dug in the previous
Weed rows regularly.
Support plants when 8-10cm (3-4in) tall, with twiggy sticks or netting.
Water twice a week during flowering and pod development to help fill the peas in the pod.
Pick mangetout when the pods are small, flat and stringless – just as the peas inside start to develop. Pick shelling peas when the pods start to swell & the peas are a good size, but before the pods change colour & the peas go hard.
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