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.