Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Growing Climbing Peas
Latest Update 4th April 2018.
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 withoutdelay. 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.
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.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
I sow 30 climbing pea seeds in individually in 50mm modules in a seed tray as specified in the propagation plan.
I transplant them at 200mm intervals along each of 2 rows set 200mm 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, 30 plants in all.
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.
them when they are ready to use as their sugars start turning to
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.
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.
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.