Organic Pea: Senator. Pisum sativum.
Climbing snap pea Senator is a vigorous and very productive, late variety which compliments Kelvedon Wonder in your cropping timetable. It is a firm, wrinkled pea, with a mild sweet taste.
How to grow:
Cultivate along a wire netting sowing on both sides of the net. Start in May/June in the ground, or earlier under protection in pots.
Mice love to eat them hence planting at 3-4cms deep. If you’ve a real problem start in pots until they’ve sprouted then plant out. Snails like them, put if you go out at dusk you can pick them off. Another problem you can have with peas is powdery mildew, you can keep this to a minimum by, watering regularly and making sure the roots don’t dry out, watering from below, prick out infected leaves and destroy them, encourage movement of air through the crop. If you have the pea moth you can cover the crop with enviromesh in June and July when they are laying.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Raw and in the garden, or steamed and served with a drizzle of great oil and salt, or mint sauce.
From the Mediterranean basin and the Near East it’s been dated back to Neolithic times and later in Egypt from 4,800BC, it had travelled to India by about 2,500BC.
Avg contents: 150 seeds.