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Pea, mangetout (Pisum sativum)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

A freshly picked young pea is one of the sweetest tastes on the allotment. Combine this with the fun of shelling them and you have one of the most child-friendly crops. Peas are classified by their seed and growing season. Round-seeded varieties are hardier and therefore for the earliest sowings (first earlies) but are not as sweet as the wrinkled-seeded (second earlies and maincrop) varieties. In addition, there are the mangetout varieties which are eaten whole and the petits pois varieties which are dwarf plants with smaller, sweeter peas.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.0 - 6.8
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Opendislike
Shelteredprefer

Sow under cloches

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 90cm

Sow in 15cm wide trenches 2cm deep with two or three offset rows of seed per trench. Trenches should be spaced at the expected height of the mature crop. Insert twiggy branches (for short varieties) or pea netting (for taller varieties) for support as soon as the seedlings appear to avoid slug damage and disappointing yields.


harvest harvest

Pick regularly, every day or two, starting from the bottom of the plant, when pods have filled but while there is still some space between the peas. Younger peas are sweeter and allowing pods to mature will stop flowering and further pod production. After harvesting, remove only the top of the plant - the roots have valuable nitrogenous root nodules which will fertilise the soil for the next crop as they decompose.


Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 90cm

Sow in 15cm wide trenches 2cm deep with two or three offset rows of seed per trench. Trenches should be spaced at the expected height of the mature crop. Insert twiggy branches (for short varieties) or pea netting (for taller varieties) for support as soon as the seedlings appear to avoid slug damage and disappointing yields.


harvest harvest

Pick regularly, every day or two, starting from the bottom of the plant, when pods have filled but while there is still some space between the peas. Younger peas are sweeter and allowing pods to mature will stop flowering and further pod production. After harvesting, remove only the top of the plant - the roots have valuable nitrogenous root nodules which will fertilise the soil for the next crop as they decompose.


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