Growing Climbing Peas

Latest Update 18th July 2018.

Climbing Peas
  • You can't beat organic peas harvested from your own garden and eaten the same day, they are simply delicious.
  • They are also very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of dietary fibre.
  • When harvested, peas lose their sugars very quickly, so its best to cook or freeze them for storage without delay. I often snack on them straight off the vine which is the best way to get high nutrient value.
  • I usually grow two double row of climbing peas in a Garden Ecobed.
  • Variety:                                                    Greenfeast. 
  • Family group:                                           Fabaceae.   
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Legumes.  
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.  
  • Minimum sun per day:                              5 hours.   
  • Plant spacings (centres x rows):                214 x 200 mm.
  • Planting Depth:                                         20 mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     9 - 11 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                    Potato. radish. carrot. turnip.  
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate. 
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.   
  • It is a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.  
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Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • I multisow 28 clusters of climbing pea seeds (3 per cluster) in 50 mm modules in a seed tray as specified in the propagation plan.
  • I transplant half of them 214 mm apart in 2 rows 200 mm apart and located on opposite sides of a climbing frame at one end of the legume bed.  I repeat this using a second climbing frame at the other end of the bed.
  • This is a total of 28 clusters containing 84 plants.
Harvesting and storage
  • Pick the peas as soon as they fill their pods.  
  • To avoid damaging the vines, use a pair of scissors to remove the pods. 
  • Pick them when they are ready to use as their sugars start turning to starch within a few hours of removal.  They will stay sweet if you shell, blanch (2 minutes) and dry them as soon as they are picked.  Store them immediately in a freezer in resealable plastic bags.
  • If you have a glut, allow some to fully mature on the vine.  When the pods have all dried fully, remove the vines from the bed (I cut them off at the base leaving the roots and nitrogen fixing nodules to decompose in situ).  Hang the vines to fully dry out and thresh them to recover the peas.
  • Store the dried peas in a covered container until you want to use them.  Use them in soups or stews after soaking them in water for a day or two.  
  • I use open pollinated varieties of peas, and don't mix varieties in my garden, so I am able to use some of the dried peas as "true to type" seed for next years crop.  If you decide to grow your own seed, be careful you don't grow more than one variety at the same time.  You could get cross pollinated seeds of uncertain quality.
Organic Pest Control.
  • Climbing Peas, like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my garden.  My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them.  For details click on the appropriate link below.
  • Slugs and snails 
  • Greenhouse whitefly.
  • Powdery mildew. 

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