Sunday, 18 November 2007

Bed 3: Peas

Bed 3
This year I have planted Dwarf Sugar Snap seeds from Select Organic Seeds and Climbing Sugar Snap Peas from Diggers Club both planted directly into the soil on 21 Aug 07.

Growing Requirements:
Latin Name: Pisum sativum
Family: Fabaceae
Sow: Cool conditions but frost free or protected from frost.
Soil: They like a fertile, well drained soil but not rich in nitrogen.
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Spacing: 10cm apart with 45-90cm between rows.

My Notes:
In our hot dry climate I find the timing of pea crops difficult. Autumn is a good time but planting early enough means planting in February when it's very hot.
I have found that if I plant peas in late winter and keep them warm by planting in a warm spot or in a plastic tunnel they can get off to a good start and make use of any Spring rains that may be around.
Prone to Powdery Mildew so avoid wetting the leaves in humid weather and use seaweed extract or sulphur for resistance.

Good Companions:

Bad Companions:
Organic Vegetable Growing by Annette McFarlane
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little


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