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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  • Peas – Ambassador (Organic)

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    Peas – Ambassador (Organic)

    A top quality pea for cooking and freezing, widely used for commercial production. Big juicy peas in a pod. What could possibly be more exciting than growing your own peas to go with a traditional dinner. Ambassador is robust, vigourous, productive and delicious. It won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit in 1993 which was reconfirmed in 2005 and is one of the most widely used peas of its kind.
    (Approximate seed count – 80)

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    Peas – Golden Sweet (Ecologically produced)

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    Peas – Golden Sweet (Ecologically produced)

    Vigourous multicoloured plants with green leaves, red-magenta leaf nodes, cream-pink-purple-blue flowers and golden-yellow pods. Golden Sweet makes a very unusual attraction in the pea patch. The colour changes of the flower from cream to purple and blue when they mature is extraordinary. When the pods are still young they’re very sweet and crunchy, as the pods get bigger they’ll become more stringy which makes them better for cooking rather than eating raw.

    It was a real pleasure growing Golden Sweet in our pea trial 2018 and to observe all the different colours. We found that the whole plant has a golden glow to it once it starts flowering. It was probably one of the tastiest mangetouts that we had when picked young.
    (Approximate seed count – 60)

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  • Peas - Heraut

    Peas – Heraut (Ecologically produced)

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    Peas – Heraut (Ecologically produced)

    Very vigourous, tall-growing sugar-snap pea with violet flowers and ever-so-sweet pods. They are delicious raw, when picked young and still flat, steamed or stir-fried, fantastic in salads and you can eat them ‘pod and all’. They produce an early crop of sugar snap peas on productive and hardy plants. If picked regularly, more growth is encouraged.

    It quickly makes its peas, and has a great taste, too, so that we couldn’t resist snacking on it while growing it.
    (Approximate seed count – 60)

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  • Schweizer Riesen

    Peas – Schweizer Riesen (Ecologically produced)

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    Peas – Schweizer Riesen (Ecologically produced)

    An old heirloom sugar snap pea from Switzerland aka ‘Swiss Giant’ , producing huge pods up to 10cm long. The plant will grow vigourously up to 2m high with attractive purple flowers will make large flat sweet and tender pods. An amazing sugar-snap pea that certainly lives up to its name.
    (Approximate seed count – 20)

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    Peas – Sweet Horizon

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    Peas – Sweet Horizon

    Mangetout pea variety with tasty, flat, almost stringless pods with a long harvest window. Sweet Horizon will grow to 1.2m tall, producing large and very sweet pods over a long period of time. We found this variety to have good resistance to powdery mildew, and exquisite flavour either raw or cooked. We love grazing on mangetouts in the garden, so much so that they rarely make it to the cooking pot!

    Available as ‘certified organic’ or ecologically produced
    (Approximate seed count – 60)

     

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