Cultivation of peas is easy and rewards the harvest as early as mid-summer

Pea cultivation rewards the gardener with crispy pieces and sweet peas in midsummer. Many remember from childhood the stalks of peas climbing along the supports, among which it was fun to look for that sweetest pod of sugar peas. Cultivation of peas is easy as long as you remember a few tips.

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Cultivation of peas: Silpoherne ‘Blauwschokker’ makes blue-purple pods that can be enjoyed like sugar peas or allowed to grow in size and enjoy fresh or cooked.

1. Pea cultivation is almost possible on site

Sugar, folding, shredded and shredded peas are grown in home gardens. Peas are easy to grow. It is not demanding in terms of soil and habitat, but the best yield is obtained in a bright habitat permeable to water, in porous and mulched soil.

Silpoherne 'Blauwschokker' blooms in two colors each.

Silpoherne ‘Blauwschokker’ blooms in two colors each.

The soil does not have to be very nutritious and nitrogen-rich, as the pea is able to utilize and bind atmospheric nitrogen like beans with its root-knots. The nitrogen accumulated by the root bacteria will also benefit the next plants in the habitat if you leave the pea root in the ground. Liming the soil before sowing, the pH should be about 6-7.

The pea crop can grow tall and lush, so it needs support.  Sticks, a canal net or various vine supports for higher varieties can be used for support.  Cultivation of peas and collection of pods is easy from supported cultivation boxes.

The pea crop can grow tall and lush, so it needs support. Sticks, a canal net or various vine supports for higher varieties can be used for support. Cultivation of peas and collection of pods is easy from supported cultivation boxes.

2. Sow peas in warm soil

Sow peas directly in the open field in May-June. The soil should be +10 degrees, although the pea can germinate in cooler countries. In cold and wet soil, the seeds can rot.

Soak the seeds overnight and sow them in moist soil in a groove 2-3 cm deep, about 5 cm apart. The sowing can be covered with gauze, which speeds up germination. The gauze also protects the seeds from birds that may peck pea seeds from the ground.

Soak the peas before sowing.  Pea is also grown in shoots all year round.  A flat, low dish and a few centimeters thick layer of soil are enough to grow the shoots.  After soaking, the locust root shown in the picture protrudes from the seed.

Soak the peas before sowing. Peas can be grown in shoots all year round. A flat, low dish and a few centimeters thick layer of soil are enough to grow the shoots. After soaking, the locust root shown in the picture protrudes from the seed.

The pea also grows well in a pot, where the crop can be supported with a vine support or an obelisk made of bamboo sticks. Peas growing in the open or in a row of crops are also worth supporting, even if the pea seedlings support each other with the help of stalks. The optimal growth temperature is about +20 degrees.

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Crosswise sticks work well for low and medium height varieties.  Push the sticks crosswise to the ground.  The pea grabs the support with the help of ticks.

Crosswise sticks work well for low and medium height varieties. Push the sticks crosswise to the ground. The pea grabs the support with the help of ticks.

3. Pea cultivation yields as early as mid-summer

Water the vegetation regularly during the seedling stage and during the growth of the pods. Long periods of heat can degrade the crop and turn the crop yellow.

Peas are not the most sensitive plants to pests, but the pea crustacean may go to taste the legumes of the pods. Early sowing can help reduce damage.

The crop can usually be harvested from July to September, there may be differences between varieties.

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Sugar peas are eaten flat with their pods.  The taste is sweet and crunchy.  Enjoy as is, add to salads and wok dishes.

Sugar peas are eaten flat with their pods. The taste is sweet and crunchy. Enjoy as is, add to salads and wok dishes.

4. Peas are a delicacy with their shelled days

Don’t let the pods grow oversized, which will reduce their sweetness and make the taste woody.

Round seeds are eaten inside the fire by shredded and shredded peas. Sugar and folding peas are delicious with their pods, the pods being flat and the peas immature. As the peas inside the sugar pea start to grow in size, the sweetness of the sugar pea deteriorates. If you’re not sure, try a taste of pods. If the pod is crunchy and sweet, you can enjoy it with a fire. Shreds and shingles are protected by a tough film.

Collect chopped pea and chopped pea pods in chunks, but don’t let them grow too large in size.  The taste deteriorates if the peas get to grow large.

Collect chopped pea and chopped pea pods in chunks, but don’t let them grow too large in size. The taste deteriorates if the peas get to grow large.

Have you tasted appos? Try to boil the peas with their pods, dip in the melted butter and pull the pod between your teeth so that the peas remain in your mouth.

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Pea cultivation yields as early as mid-summer.  Season with oven-roasted sugar peas.  Stir in the mixture of parmesan, breadcrumbs and garlic, seasoned with parsley, salt and black pepper.  Rotate the pods in the mixture and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

Pea cultivation yields as early as mid-summer. Season with oven-roasted sugar peas. Stir in the mixture of parmesan, breadcrumbs and garlic, seasoned with parsley, salt and black pepper. Rotate the pods in the mixture and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

The story has been published in Maalla 5/51.


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