Fyou want delicious peas straight from the pod throughout summer, you need to sow maincrop and mangetout varieties a couple of times in spring, and early kinds every three weeks for succession.
For the best results, sow peas into deeply dug, well-manured ground and spread lime on the surface if the soil is acid.
Net the area to stop birds and add supports when the first tendrils start to appear. Unless you’re growing dwarf cultivars, peas need bamboo canes and netting to scramble up.
Round peas tend to be hardier than wrinkled varieties.
When they start to flower, water them well and add a mulch around the base of the plants to conserve moisture.
For the earliest crops, start hardy varieties outdoors in late winter under cloches or in pots in a cold frame.
Peas like to be cool, so keep them moist and give midsummer crops late shade. zAnd remember to space seeds carefully; peas don’t like to be crowded. What to do in the garden this week:
Pick small gooseberries to thin out heavy crops, leaving the remaining fruits well spaced out along the branches to continue growing to a bigger size
Give flowering plants and shrubs a feed with general fertiliser and water if the weather remains dry
Continue to plant courgettes, pumpkins and tomatoes outside
Pinch out the tips of trailing plants in baskets and pots to make them branch out
Sow perennials in pots or a nursery bed
Place a small ramp into steep- sided, formal pools, so that small mammals like hedgehogs can climb out if they accidentally fall in
Dig out or spot-treat individual weeds in your lawn, like dandelions
Keep the greenhouse cool by opening doors and vents each morning
Harvest lettuce, radish, other salad crops and early potatoes
Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds