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DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
edited March 2019 in Fruit & veg
Does anyone grow Douce de Provence peas?  

If so perhaps you can enlighten me ...

the blurb on the pack says

‘... grows to 2 ft without the need for support ...’.  

‘Great ... that makes life easier’ thought I.  

However, today, as I sowed them I read another bit of blurb on the same side of the pack that says

 ‘ ...As the peas start to grow support them with netting of pea sticks. The plants will reach up to a height of 120cm 48 inches ...’.    🙄 

Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,165
    I have grown them in the past Dove, and if memory serves me right,  they did need some support.  I think l fell for the original USP the same as you.
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    I’m growing for first time this year.. I’ve put in some small pea sticks so the base has support, thinking the same as you- that they wouldn’t need any! Will have to see!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    I’ve discovered that there’s a chap not too far from @WonkyWomble who manages some woodlands and who sells proper beanpoles and faggots of pea sticks. I may well be paying him a visit before very long ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    Well ... I didn’t get the peasticks ... I used some canes and string ... but tbh I hardly needed to ... they didn’t grow very tall ... but they are cropping really well ... we’ve picked several meals-worth this week... they are delicious sweet and tender peas and almost every pod is packed full ... I’ll certainly grow these again 



    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • My Douce de Provence did really well - sown last October and under cover until late February. I had to use chicken wire to protect them from the pigeons which gave them support but made it difficult to pick them. I had a few weeks of picking enough for a meal then pulled the lot up (as seen in these pics ).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    They’re a really good pea aren’t they @richardtester63 😊 
    Id not grown peas for several years, and bought these on a whim ... glad I did 👍 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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