Grow Your Own Peas
Less than a month ago Punky, Cuddles and I planted up some seeds in trays to go in the garden when the summer crops finished. One of the seeds we planted was podding peas.
This weekend we moved the seedlings to the garden.
I chose to transplant the seedlings into the vegie garden after 3 weeks as they had developed tendrils seeking supports to reach out to. Upon transplanting to the garden I could see that this was the right choice as the roots had grown to the bottom of the tray and were starting to seek additional space.
- Peas are part of the legume family
- Peas like:
- Well drained soil
- Not too much water
- Cool weather
- Frame to allow climbing
- 3-4 months after planting
- Pick pods regularly to encourage more growth
- Pick when pods look fll but not bulging
- Plant as per packet instructions
- According to Stephanie Alexander 500gms of whole peas will yield 1 cup of shelled peas
- Soon after picking or they loose their sweet flavor
- Freeze well
- High in vitamins C, K, B3, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Potassium
- Pea Recipes:
- To come….
- Follow plants in the garden
- Chop the plants up and dig back into the soil at the end of the season as they add nitrogen (for plant growth)
- Planting the Brassica family – eg: radish, broccoli, rocket, cauliflower, radish, swede, turnip
This is the layout of Patch 2 of my garden now:
Note: Tomatoes, eggplant & capsicum are still producing well at this point in time. They will be removed and replaced with carrots, rocket or lettuce in the coming month.
The Australian Gardening Encyclopedia, Murdoch Books, 2004
Organic Gardening in Australia, P Pears, Dorling Kindersley, 2006
Kitchen Garden Companion, S Alexander,Pengin Group, 2009