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Hi Bella, i can highly recommend Hurst Green shaft they are a cracker with heavy crops. 4" apart for us and 12" between rows this makes it easy to use both sides of your supports,we used a metre high chicken wire.
Im trying peas for the second time this season
I have been advised to place 3 - 4 foot tall posts in the ground every 6 foot along and hang a net from a wire to form a partial wind break and to plant the peas on the side that the wind will blow from so the plants get pushed onto the netting
This allows you to weed easily in between
You can eithere use 2 lines of say 6 foot or one of 12 foot
I used twigs last year and it was impossible to weed or dificult to pick the peas
Hi newboy2 yes twigs not strong enough and as u say difficult, in the end we bought 2 lengths of semi rigid farmers type fence the one with 2 inches square mesh one metre high sold at any length , Farm supplies sell it very cheap and it last forever ,we always find these suppliers very helpful and cheap.
I use cheap nylon mesh for peas that I can throw away afterwards, but perhaps not very "green". I hoe out a shallow trench about 6" wide and 2" deep and scatter the peas in about 2" apart, then cover them with the soil I hoed out. I find Kelvedon Wonder, which is a dwarf variety, is good, sweet and tasty, freezes well, also I like Hurst Green Shaft - but that is harder to find here in France.
What they call "wrinkled seeds" are usually sweeter that "smooth" ones, but smooth ones can be started earlier. The 2 above are wrinkled. I sow when weather has warmed a bit, end March, early April.
Could anyone help with varieties of Snap peas and Mange-tout?
I've had moderate success with ordinary peas, especially Hurst Green Shaft, but
this year would like to try these different types. I probably won't be sowing them
before mid April. Any tips?
I had great results with Reuzensuiker (Mangetout) in the middle of the lawn grown up a wigwam.3' high There was far to many for one family.
I grow the dwarf early types. Have a batch sown indoors already and when they are 2" or so high I will plant out in the garden under a double fleece. (simply to,protect from birds etc.
Tried the drainpipe method but it's not best way for me. Peas do transplant ...for me...without any hiccup. Mangetout etc sown and grown same way. I use short bamboo canes, maybe 3' long, with string as supports. I cover peas when flowering with fleece to deter,the pea moth.
I eat and eat and eat peas for weeks on end in early summer. Delicious, sweet and healthy
I love fresh peas. They don't even make it to the back door in my house!!
Like Verdun I have never had problems transplanting. My problem is not being able to grow enough!!!
Thank you Edd for the Reuzensulker suggestion, [ though they sound over
prolific for two oldies! ], and thanks Verdun for pointing out the advantages of sowing
indoors first. One year we lost two thirds of pea and bean seeds by sowing straight out in March. Most probably mice.