Posted 30th Apr 2018
Have you ever been tempted to grow your own?
The arrival of some much-needed spring sunshine may have tempted you to tidy up your garden, but it also provides you with the chance to think about what you can grow. With this week being National Gardening Week (30th April - 6th May), it seems a good time to consider thinking about it.
If you're not quite sure where to start, homegrown peas could be the ideal solution - they're easy to grow and you don't need a vegetable patch to get going.
And, with the likes of mange-tout, sugar snap and shelling peas all grown in a similar way, you'll have the perfect addition to any summer dish, so you can pick them when ready and toss them into a salad to create a delicious sweet crunch (and you can find some yummy recipe inspiration here).
As an added bonus, it saves you money on your food shop too! Dobbies resident gardener and Senior Plant Expert, Louise Golden, offers her tips on how you can enjoy great tasting greens straight from the doorstep.
1 If you sow into the ground, use garden twine tied around bamboo canes to mark out a straight line and use your garden hoe, creating a flat-bottomed drill. You can sow your seeds around 5cm apart along the bottom before gently covering the soil.
2 Alternatively, if you have dry soil, or are planting in a container, simply insert each pea seed directly into the soil, around 2-3cm deep, using either a dibber or your finger.
3 Push the pea twigs along each row to support growing plants and be sure to water well.
4 Depending on the temperature, the seedlings should appear in around 7 to 10 days.
5 Once your young plants get growing, you can tie them to supporting twigs if necessary, but once they get going, they will be happy climbing by themselves.
6 Make sure you remember to water them regularly!
7 Depending on the types of pea you sow, harvest them when they're ready/ Mange tout and sugar snaps should be picked when they're young and tender, while shelling peas should be picked when the pods are swollen. Eat them as soon as you possibly can after picking the sweetest flavour and pick them regularly - this encourages more pods to grow.
Tip: sow extra peas so you have enough plants to sacrifice a few for their young shoots - they're delicious in salads.
Tip: repeat sow peas at 10-day intervals. This ensures there's a staggered harvest and a longer cropping time.
Tips courtesy of www.dobbies.com