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Member Name: Dragonfairy
Advantages: Good for you, easy to grow, tasty
The small green pea, full of vitamin c and fibre, delicious fresh or frozen.
I have grown peas for the last few years, and I must confess that I don't actually know how delicious my peas are frozen as they have never made it that far, mine have always been eaten straight from the pod.
If I'm honest these aren't really my favourite things to grow as I find them messy, but I grow them every year as both me and my husband love their taste. There are many different varieties of peas including ones which you eat whole, but I only grow the pea pod varieties.
Pea plants are easy to grow, and can be sown inside or outside even in cooler climates. As a plant they prefer it to not be too hot.
In the past I have usually used a mixture of both starting some inside, and transplanting them out when the frosts are gone, and filling any gaps by sowing the dried pea seeds directly outside, to be honest I seem to get the same amount of peas using either method.
This year after realising it didn't seem to make a difference whether they were sown inside or outside, I decided to sow them directly outside around mid may. This was a bit later then in previous years due to the cold weather at the start of the year. I planted them in a raised bed, which was weed free and added fresh compost. I sowed them in straight lines about an inch down.
They took about 2 weeks to start showing as seedlings, I've found you have to be careful that the seeds don't pop out of the ground as they swell, if they do I just gently cover them up again. After the seedlings were growing I replanted them in the pattern I wanted for the netting (not every pea took), and sowed more peas in the gaps. This year I actually sowed some as late as the end of July and they are just now starting to flower.
Peas are climbers and I usually grow them up pea nets, which are supported with bamboo canes. This is the part I hate about growing peas as I always struggle to get the netting to attach to the bamboos and not fall down, there's probably a knack to it that I just don't have. This year I used the poles from my old blow away greenhouse instead of canes and I found it a bit easier as the poles are wider, and the plastic connectors are great for tying things to. I wait until the plants are about 5 to 6 inches before using netting.
This is pretty much all there is to growing peas, the only other thing you need to do is water them if you get lots of dry weather, and wait for them to flower and produce delicious pea pods. I've been eating them since about the middle of July :) To eat you open the pod and eat the peas inside, I eat them fresh but they can also be cooked or frozen to eat later.
Like most plants peas can be attacked by pests, most noticeably mice or birds eating your newly sown seeds, you also have to watch out for mildew. Strangely I've never really had much of a problem with slugs eating them even last year when I think everything else in the garden was eating by them. I probably have lost some seeds to mice or birds, or at least I'm guessing that's where the plants that didn't grow went.
**Thinking about peas**
I love peas they are good for you, and eating fresh are sweet and lovely. Home grown are definitely the best as the fresher they are the sweeter they are, I think everyone should grow some :)
Summary: Peas, good for you and delicious