Wednesday, 12 March 2008

give (early) peas a chance

The early signs of spring are not restricted to the flowers that are emerging. The robust shoots and leaves of young peas are now showing in the greenhouse.

We had great success with Feltham First last year and so are using this variety again. There will be three sowings each two weeks apart and this should mean that we do not have one large, unmanageable crop but a spread over several weeks.

The pea seeds are germinated and brought on in trays in the greenhouse and then planted out under cover of fleece cloches where the earth is protected and warmer.

Early peas do not suffer from the little grubs that later ones do.

There is a unique sweetness to fresh, young peas. The challenge will be to bring home more than I eat while picking them.

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