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I'm not sure about the different types of peas.


  • I have read conflicting views about how far apart to plant. The packets says 2 inches but on this site it suggests 4-6?
  • I grow my peas in lengths of guttering with cardboard separators every 25cms. They are then very easy to slide out and plant more quickly in sections.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Hi Bella, i can highly recommend Hurst Green shaft they are a cracker with heavy crops. 4" apart for us and 12" between rows this makes it easy to use both sides of your supports,we used a metre high chicken wire.image

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    Im trying peas for the second time this season

    I have been advised to place 3 - 4 foot tall  posts in the ground every 6 foot along and hang a net from a wire to form a partial wind break and to plant the peas on the side that the wind will blow from so the plants get pushed onto the netting

    This allows you to weed easily in between

    You can eithere use 2 lines of say 6 foot or one of 12 foot

    I used twigs last year and it was impossible to weed or dificult to pick the peas

    Good luck

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Hi newboy2 yes twigs not strong enough and as u say difficult, in the end we bought 2 lengths of semi rigid farmers type fence the one with 2 inches square mesh  one metre high sold at any length , Farm supplies sell it very cheap and it last forever ,we always find these suppliers  very helpful and cheap.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,067

    I use cheap nylon mesh for peas that I can throw away afterwards, but perhaps not very "green". I hoe out a shallow trench about 6" wide and 2" deep and scatter the peas in about 2" apart, then cover them with the soil I hoed out. I find Kelvedon Wonder, which is a dwarf variety, is good, sweet and tasty, freezes well, also I like Hurst Green Shaft - but that is harder to find here in France.

    What they call "wrinkled seeds" are usually sweeter that "smooth" ones, but smooth ones can be started earlier. The 2 above are wrinkled. I sow when weather has warmed a bit, end March, early April.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Lucy4Lucy4 Posts: 4

    Could anyone help with varieties of Snap peas and Mange-tout?  

    I've had moderate success with ordinary peas, especially Hurst Green Shaft, but

    this year would like to try these different types.  I probably won't be sowing them

    before mid April.  Any tips?


  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    I love fresh peas. They don't even make it to the back door in my house!!

    Like Verdun I have never had problems transplanting. My problem is not being able to grow enough!!!image

  • Lucy4Lucy4 Posts: 4


    Thank you Edd for the Reuzensulker suggestion, [ though they sound over 

    prolific for two oldies! ],  and thanks Verdun for pointing out the advantages of sowing

    indoors first.  One year we lost two thirds of pea and bean seeds by sowing straight out in March.  Most probably mice.

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