Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Climbing Peas
Latest Update 27th April2017.
You can't beat organic peas harvested from your own garden and eaten the same day, they are simply delicious.
They are also very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of dietary fibre.
When harvested, peas lose their sugars very quickly, so its best to cook or freeze them for storage withoutdelay. I often snack on them straight off the vine which is the best way to get high nutrient value.
I use aerated compost tea to control powdery
mildew on all my susceptible plants including peas.
I usually grow two double row of climbing peas in a Garden Ecobed starting them in fibre pots in the EcoPropagator and transplanting them when they are about 75mm tall.
Family group: Fabaceae.
Crop rotation group: Legumes.
Garden bed type: Garden Ecobed.
Recommended soil pH: 6.0 - 7.5.
Minimum sun per day: 5 hours.
Plant spacings (centres x rows): 125 x 200 mm.
Planting Depth: 20 mm.
Weeks to harvest: 9 - 11 weeks.
Good companions: Potato. radish. carrot. turnip.
Climate: Warm temperate.
food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
It is a
good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate,
phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin
C, vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.
In April, sow 24 climbing pea seeds in Jiffy (fibre) pots.
Sow them 20mm deep in organic potting mix in theirpots and soak them in dilute seaweed extract for 30 minutes.
Transfer them to anEcoPropagator and bury them up to their rims in the propagator's compost wicking medium.
Set up one of the Ecobed's climbing frames in the prepared bed, and when the peasare about 100mm tall, plant them out in their jiffy pots.
They should be buried up to their rims in the soil, and watered just onceto consolidate the soil around them.
Set them 125mm apart in 2 rows located on opposite sides of the climbing frame and rows 200mm apart.
Apply a foliar spray of aerated compost tea every 4 weeks with all the other edible plants.
In May, sow another 2 rows of peas as described above.
Harvesting and storage
Pick the peas as soon as they fill the pods.
Use a pair of scissors to snip the pods off the vine thereby avoiding damage.
them when you are ready to use them, as their sugars start turning to
within a few hours. They will stay sweet if you shell, blanch (2 minutes) and dry
them as soon as they are picked, and store them in a freezer in
resealable plastic bags.
you have a glut, allow some to
fully mature on the vine. When the pods have all dried fully, remove the vines from
the bed (I cut them off at the base leaving the roots and nitrogen
fixing nodules in place). Hang the vines to fully dry out and then thresh
them to recover the peas.
Store the dried peas in a covered container until you want to use them. Use them in soups or stews after soaking them in water for a day or two.
If they are open pollinated, you can use some of your dried peas as
seed for next years crop, but be careful you don't grow more than one
variety at the same time. You could get cross pollinated seeds
of uncertain quality.
monthly foliar spray of aerated compost tea is a useful deterrent against powdery mildew.
solution of 1 part cows milk to 9 parts water makes a reasonably
effective organic pesticide against powdery mildew. However, it needs
to be applied early before the fungi gets well established, and repeatedly to keep it in check.
As a last resort spray the foliage thoroughly with an organic horticultural fungicide (Eco-fungicide in Australia).
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
plants by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.