Organic Pea Seeds - Kelvedon Wonder
Is anything more delicious than a handful of fresh, succulent peas taken straight from the pod! This very popular, reliable, exceptionally sweet tasting pea has thin-shelled, pointed narrow pods, well-filled with small but very sweet round peas. Heavy yielding, the flowers are edible too and look pretty sprinkled over salads. Sow several times through the season for a continuous harvest.
Info & Care
Indoor Sowing: In the first week of March fill an 8cm pot or module with multi-purpose compost, make a hole about 5cm deep and drop a seed in. Cover with compost, water well and place in a cool place indoors. The seedlings will emerge in just under a week. As soon as they do, move the seedlings to a light position (not in direct sunlight) and let them grow on until they are about 12cm high. Harden the seedlings off over a week and then plant them outside in their final positions.
Outdoor Sowing: Peas grow best in the first half of the year when it is not too hot, so sow early in spring, around the beginning of March, to get the best results. Choose a sunny, sheltered site. Rake out a trench about 5cm deep and 10cm wide. Sow 2 rows of peas evenly spaced, about 5cm apart, on both sides of pea stick supports (peas climb using shoots called tendrils, which they wrap around just about anything they come into contact with, so choose supports that are thin enough for the tendrils to wind around. Large twigs, known as pea sticks, are the traditional choice, but a row of netting makes a good alternative). Rack soil back over them. Rows should be 60 - 90cm apart. Make successional sowings two weeks apart. If growing in a container, sow direct into the compost allowing about 10 seeds to a 35cm pot.
Growing instructions: Prevent pea moth infestations by growing under horticultural fleece between June and August when they lay their eggs. Harvest from mid-June - July. For the most juicy and tastiest peas, pick when they are small and sweet. Freshly picked peas are delicious eaten raw. They can be steamed and added to salad, pasta dishes, as a side dish or in soup! Freeze for up to 6 months, or store in the refrigerator for a fortnight.