pea 'Early Onward'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist but well drained
A highly popular pea ideal for starting early in the season, this is among the first pea varieties to mature, bringing the harvest forward by weeks. The high yield of blunt-nosed pods tightly-packed with well-flavoured peas is borne on compact plants at about 60cm high, so you barely need to support them: they're ideal for growing in containers. The flowers are edible too and look pretty sprinkled over salads.
- Growing Instructions:Make a broad flat-bottomed drill 5cm deep and 10cm wide and place the peas in a double row, Protect from mice and slugs. If growing in containers, sow about 10 seeds to a 35cm pot. If support is needed, poke short twiggy peasticks in among the plants as they grow. Guttering is an ideal container for early sowings: make drainage holes, then fill with compost and sow in rows. Plant outside by sliding the complete row into the ground without disturbing the roots.
- Sow: March-May
- Harvest: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 350 seeds.
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