Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Dwarf Peas
Latest update 27th August 2017
Novella peas have a dense low growing habit and are ideal grown between my climbing peas and broad beans in winter. They cover and enrich the soil with their mutualistic relationship with nitrogen fixing bacteria.
Their yield may be relatively low, but grown organically, they are just as nutritious and tasty as their taller cousins and well worth the effort.
Legumes grow well in Ecobeds and are not usually affected by fungal diseases like powdery mildew because their foliage stays dry most of the time.
Use a pair of scissors to snip the pods off the vine to avoid damaging it.
Pick when you are ready to use them as they start to lose their sweetness as soon as they are separated from the plant.
They retain most of their sweetness if podded, blanched and stored in the
freezer right away. I use re-usable zip seal bags so I can use a few at a time and return the rest to the freezer.
you have more than you can use immediately, you can leave them on the vine to
fully mature. When the pods are dry remove the vines from
the bed (I cut them off at the base leaving the roots and nitrogen
fixing nodules in place). Hang the vines to fully dry out and then thresh
them to recover the peas.
Store the dried peas in covered containers until you want to use them. Use in soups and stews after soaking them in water overnight.
Peas should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically acceptable iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
monthly foliar spray of aerated compost tea strengthens your plant's resistance to powdery mildew.
solution of 1 part cows milk to 9 parts water makes a reasonably
effective organic pesticide against powdery mildew. However, it needs
to be applied early before the fungi gets well established, and repeatedly to keep the mildew in check.
As a last resort spray the foliage with Eco-oil.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of peas
by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
You can use exclusion netting to keep pests out of the Ecobed while the plants are still young, but as they start to climb the frame, take the netting down so the pollinators have good access to the flowers.