2. Peas

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

Fresh and plump, these de­li­cious pods con­tain the sweet­est of treats. Once the ground warms in spring, make a shal­low trench, 15cm (6in) wide and 5cm (2in) deep. Scat­ter pea seeds along the base about 5cm (2in) apart and cover with soil. Lay mesh or fleece to pro­tect them from mice. On heavy soil, sow into con­tain­ers or old gut­ter­ing in a cool greenhouse and plant out sturdy seedlings. Stake taller plants such as 2.4m (8ft) ‘Cham­pion of Eng­land’ (£2.93 for 80 seeds from The Real Seed Cat­a­logue) with a line of pea sticks and cover with mesh to keep pi­geons off. On a tiny plot, sow three seeds per cane of a dwarf such as ‘Douce Provence’ (£2.79 for 270 seeds from Sut­tons) around a wig­wam of three 1.2m (4ft) canes. Push some twiggy sticks be­tween them.

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