Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

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

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