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 13th December 2016.
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.
Leave the bed for 4
weeks to build up worm and microbial activity.
Remove the mulch before planting the next crop.
Sow the climbing peas in March in
2 rows 200mm apart.
Using a dibber (or your finger), make 10mm deep
holes 80mm apart along each row and sow the seeds in them.
Backfil the holes with soil and water in well with diluted seaweed extract (dilution as prescribed by the supplier).
Cover the soil with fresh mulch as soon as
the peas are established.
Move a relocatable climbing frame into position above and between the 2 rows of peas.
Apply a foliar spray of aerated compost tea every 4 weeks with all the other edible plants.
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.