Outdoors in large containers particularly troughs or open
How to Sow
In containers - 7.5cm/3" between seeds in
In open ground - 7.5cm/3" between seeds - staggered in rows
at least 45cm/18" apart depending on how tall the variety
grows or in groups/ blocks
Protect from birds and slugs. Keep well watered and weed
Growing on - in Containers
Start to support with twigs when the plants get to 7.5cm/3"
high. Continue to keep watered.
Growing on- in ground
Medium and tall varieties will require extra support as they
grow. Using string suspended between sticks or canes works
well and keeps the plants from flopping over.
Keep well watered and feed with liquid fertiliser once the
flowers have faded and the pods begin to form.
Begin cutting pods at about 7.5cm/3" when the peas are just
beginning to develop. Pick regularly to prevent pods fully
maturing on the plant. Crops over a period of 4-6 weeks.
Young leaves are eaten - sometimes completely missing
1. Sink small pots filled with beer to ground level. Empty daily
2. Sprinkle slugs with table salt Chemical
Use slug pellets
Avoid damp or humid sites
Leaves distorted, yellowing and stunted distorted growth on
bean pods and withering plant stems with patches of black in the
Organic Spray with a weak solution of soapy water
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing
Bifenthrin, Imidacloprid or Pyrethrum
Leaves have U shaped notches around the edges
Organic Place a sticky card or bucket of water under the plant
and shaking to remove the weevils from the plant. Then destroy
the bugs underfoot or pick them off by hand Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion
Peas holed and contain little greenish maggots
Organic Try planting early and late varieties
Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion 7-10 days
after the start of flowering
Yellow patches on leaves with a greyish mould underneath
Remove the infected leaves and apply an organic copper
spray/dust to diseased and surrounding plants every 7-10 day Chemical
Remove the infected leaves and spray with Dithane at first
sign of attack
Avoid damp or humid sites and
overcrowding. Practice crop rotation.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies".
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In the Kitchen
Packed loosely in plastic bags for 3-4 days in the refrigerator . Excess
amounts can be frozen. Prepare as below then blanch in boiling water for
1-2 minutes, drain well and allow to cool before freezing
The whole pods of Mangetout, Sugarsnap or Snow Peas can be eaten. Simply
remove the stems and peel down along the pod, to remove any strings on
the sides of older pods then wash well.
Stir-fried 3-5 minutes
quicker than conventional cooking
5 - 6
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