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Peas are a great crop to grow at home. They do not require a lot of space as they grow upwards, they are fast to mature plus they are absolutely delicious. You will be surprised how many peas do not make it to the kitchen table because you end up eating them straight from the pod!

There are a lot of varieties of peas, including some overwintering ones. It is up to you which you grow. In the video below I show you three varieties; a petit pois (small and sweet), a sugar snap (small and sweet and a favourite with children) and a main crop, which tends to be larger and can get a bit tough if left too long.

You can use succession planting with peas if you prefer though I’ve found they all mature at different times anyway so I tend to plant a bed of peas all at once and then freeze what I don’t use.

Peas need to be about half an inch or a centimetre under the ground and can be planted in straight lines. I tend to plant mine in zig zags as you will see in the video below because I think you get more peas in the ground plus it helps a little with air circulation, which reduces the risk of fungus or mould.

Space each pea seed a couple of inches apart and then when you have planted the row, cover the seeds over with soil and gentle pat down. Once the entire area is planted then give them a thorough soaking as you need the peas themselves to get the water.

Peas can get attacked by pigeons so it can be worth netting them if it is likely to be a problem. I tend to use pea sticks to support the plants and these are usually annoying enough to keep the pigeons away. You can use nets for the peas to grow up if you prefer. Whilst you can buy pea sticks from shops you are far better to keep the prunings from your trees and let them dry out thoroughly. Be careful about putting green sticks in the ground as some of them will have a habit of taking root!

You may find a proportion of your peas do not germinate and you can just put more seeds in the spaces where no plants came up. Alternatively you can soak the pea seeds overnight before planting and that will increase the chances of germination.

When you are shelling peas, keep hold of the pea-pods because you can make a surprisingly tasty wine from them, which I will show you in another article very soon. It sounds weird I know but it is a fantastic wine to make using what many people consider a waste product!

The Allotment Diary video below will talk you through the process of planting peas and please leave a comment and your tips for getting a great crop or your favourite varieties!

It’s possible that some of your peas won’t germinate; in that case, you can simply plant more seeds in the areas where none of the plants have emerged. As an alternative, you can increase the likelihood of germination by soaking the pea seeds overnight before planting.

Peas can be planted in straight rows as long as they are planted about half an inch or a centimeter below the surface. I usually plant mine in zigzag patterns, as you can see in the video below, because I believe this helps get more peas in the ground and also provides some air circulation, which lowers the chance of mold or fungus growing.

After planting the row, spread out the pea seeds a few inches apart, cover them with soil, and give them a gentle pat down. Give the entire area a good soak after planting because the peas themselves require the water.

If you’d like, you can use succession planting with peas, but I find that they all mature at different times, so I usually plant a bed of peas all at once and freeze the excess.

You can watch the Allotment Diary video below to learn how to plant peas. After watching, please comment with your best crop-producing tips or your favorite varieties!

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