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All pea types are well worth the effort of growing, but sugar snaps and mangetouts are particularly sweet if home-grown, bearing little resemblance to shop-bought ones.
Most peas are best grown with support, such as pea netting or twigs. They are pretty enough to grow in ornamental borders so they're worth growing even if you don't have a vegetable plot.
1Peas sown directly in the soil can be eaten by slugs, snails and mice. For better results, raise them indoors in individual pots 8cm (3in) deep or root trainers.
2Once the plants are around 15cm (6in) tall, plant them outside. Push twiggy sticks pruned from shrubs or trees in the soil to support them.
3Carefully remove the plants from the root trainers or pots, without disturbing their roots. Plant them with the compost they grew in around 10-15cm (4-6in) apart, with the same distance between each row.
4Encourage the plants to grow up the supports by gently twining them around the sticks. You may even need to gently tie them to the supports initially so they don't flop over.
5Water the plants in well. Then, over the coming months, water them regularly, particularly during dry spells. For the best results, keep the soil moist.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
I'm not sure about the different types of peas.
26/03/2012 at 18:48
I have read conflicting views about how far apart to plant. The packets says 2 inches but on this site it suggests 4-6?