Peas

A good tilth and firm seedbed is necessary. Direct sow once soil has started to warm up from late March. Sow in drills 3cm deep and 30cm apart. Tall pea varieties will need support, e.g. wires or pea sticks. Early sowings can be made indoors in pots and planted out to their final spacing.

Crop History

Pisum sativum is probably one of the first cultivated agricultural crops that were grown by mankind. They are likely to be domesticated in the Mediterranean or the Middle East 11,000 years ago. They were also the one of the first crops studied genetically by Thomas Andrew Knight in the 1790s, and Gregor Mendel in the 1860s.

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