Growing Dwarf Peas

Latest update 3rd August 2018.

Dwarf Peas.
  • 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.
Details.
  • Variety:                                                    Novella. 
  • Family group:                                           Fabaceae.   
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Legumes.  
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.  
  • Minimum sun per day:                              5 hours.   
  • Plant spacings (centres x rows):                80 x 80 mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     9 - 11 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                    Potato. radish. carrot. turnip.  
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate. 
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.   
  • It is a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.  
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
    Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 

    • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves. 
    Propagating Seedlings. 

    • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
    Propagation Plan.

    • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds. 
    Growing Instructions. 
    • Multi-sow 12 dwarf peas in 6 seed tray cells, and plant them out in a prepared row in an Ecobed when in 4th leaf.
    • Use a large dibber to make the planting holes, and transplant the seedlings carefully to minimise disturbance of their root balls.  Water them in well with dilute seaweed extract.
    • Cover the soil with fresh mulch as soon as the peas are established. 
    Harvesting and storage
    • Harvest the peas in October/November. 
    • Pick them as soon as they fill their pod.  
    • 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-sealable plastic bags so I can use a few at a time and return the rest to the freezer.
    • Alternatively you can leave them on the vine to fully mature.  When the pods have dried outremove the vines from the bed and recover the dried peas.
    • Store them in sealed containers until you want to use them.  Use them in soups and stews after soaking them in water overnight. 
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