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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● HOW to reap a rich harvest of peas

If you 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 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. And re­mem­ber to space seeds.

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