Mangetout and sugar snap peas

by Jane Moore

I'm already flouting my New Year resolution to abstain from growing crops that require regular picking.

Mangetout podsBuds are breaking and daffodils are emerging slowly, but surely, spring is doing its thing. But I won't be shedding the thermals quite yet, as it's still a bit chilly first thing. My thoughts are turning towards planting, and I've been tweaking the crop rotation plan I formulated earlier in the season.

I'm already flouting my New Year resolution to abstain from growing crops that require regular picking. That would mean no beans, French or otherwise, no courgettes and no fresh peas. I really can't forego the delights of fresh peas.

I can turn this lapse into a virtue, though, by participating in an online seed trial conducted by the RHS. They're testing mangetout and sugar snap peas, and are looking for people to grow the trial varieties in their gardens or on their allotments. The results will help them in their assessment for the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). The first 200 people to register will receive one packet each of 'Oregon Sugar Pod' mangetout seeds and 'Sugar Ann' sugar snap pea seeds, which is certainly a good incentive to get involved.

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Gardeners' World Web User 13/03/2009 at 19:21

im doing the oppesite im growing early onwards peas and dwarf french bean any advice

Gardeners' World Web User 20/03/2009 at 17:28

anyone know a way to get rid of lambstail,it looks like asparagus when it comes through the soil and if you dig it,then it breaks and spreads.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/03/2009 at 17:47

While browsing the seeds in my local garden centre earlier today I found a variety of sugarsnap peas that can be eaten at almost any stage - when young, just the pods like mangetout, a little further on and a sugarsnap eat everything pea and later (or those that get left too long!) just shell for the peas. Seems like a good option if you can't guarentee regular picking. Of course I can't remember the name so I am not really that much help am I!! Maybe this is a quality the RHS could assess...

Gardeners' World Web User 14/04/2009 at 20:18

I'm so pleased the National Trust has released land for allotments. Perhaps other owners of large areas might consider doing the same. It would bring them in another income. All it needs is to have a water supply, have access and parking and to be fenced securely.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/05/2009 at 22:29

Please advise - I'm new to grow your own -how do I grow mange tout?

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