It always has to be Hurst Greenshaft for me. I've tried others but these gave me the sweetest peas I've tasted. They are good heavy croppers too. They were recommended to me by a friend on another forum and I've grown them sometimes with others and sometimes just on their own. From now on it'll be on their own unless something very special comes along.
I enjoy all the one's grown in my garden, so much so, most never make it to the kitchen. They're fairly bog standard one's though - Pea's Early Onwards, Sugar Snap, mangetout - Delikata and for the first time last year - Purple Pea.
Apart from the latter the others grew well from seeds sown early March, must be the soil and being sheltered but pea's and beans do really well in my garden. We had a couple of very chilly nights too after they were planted out mid April. The latter fared better from seeds sown in April and planted out when the seedlings were ready. Pea's Early Onward and the Sugar Snap variety me thinks were frost hardy.
They were ready to pick early July, as I was eating them before I went on my jollies, very tasty
I grow Kelvedon Wonder as the seeds are easy to find here in France, but they are called "Merveille de Kelvedon" and Greenshaft when I remember to buy the seeds on trips to England. I will be growing a French variety of Mangetout peas this year as well.
I HAVE NOW GIVEN UP ON PEAS DUE TO MAGGOTS , AND SO ONLY GROW MANGE TOUTS AND DWARF BEANS . JUST THOUGHT THAT I WOULD LET OTHERS KNOW JUST INCASE THEY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AND SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN NOTHING. !!!!!!!
We have grown 'canoe' for the last 5 years, I guess it's down to personal choice about what anyone likes, two years ago they were not available,but are back again now.
I have tried to grow peas for about 6 years here in the Fens and never grown a single one. Don't have many probs with other veg.
Artjak, my guess would be mice, pigeons or other vermin eating the seeds before or soon after they have germinated. I had little luck with peas until I started sowing them in root trainers, then planting out later when they had grown a few inches tall.
Last year I borrowed gutter from neighbour, theirs were germinating well in polytunnel, mine did not germinate so well in new greenhouse but those that did I planted out and nothing much happened. Is there some way that I should be preparing the soil for them? We do have a lot of pigeons around here, but they mostly feed from what is dropped on the ground from the bird feeders; about 25metres from the veg beds.
Netting should always be checked every day to ensure small birds are not entangled - nothing to do with whether it is secured properly or not.