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 10th June 2017.
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.
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 the prepared bed as soon as it is available.
Sow them at 125mm intervals along each of 2 rows located on opposite sides of a climbing frame200mm 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.
If they manage to get established despite the tea, control them by spraying your crop thoroughly with organic horticultural
oil (Eco-oil in Australia) as early in the whitefly's life cycle as possible.
Spray again in a few days
to ensure second generation whitefly do not survive.
monthly foliar spray of aerated compost tea is a useful deterrent against powdery mildew.
solution of 1 part full cream 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.