Organic Pea Meteor
Organic Pea 'Meteor': Pisum sativum
- Hardy over-wintering dwarf variety ideal for exposed plots and containers
- Produces an abundance of small well-filled pods.
- Sow Feb-Jun for Summer picking, Oct-Nov for Spring picking
- Harvest: April to September
The pea is one of the oldest cultivated crops with its wild plant relatives native to the regions around the Mediterranean.
Pea 'Meteor' is a dwarf variety of this Hardy leafy Annual reaching a height up to 35-45cm making it ideal for those with limited space and is well suited for containers.
It produces an abundance of small well filled pods which are delicious eaten fresh or alternatively can be frozen for use all year round.
Sow: Feb-Jun for Summer picking, Oct-Nov for Spring picking in weed-free, moist, fertile, well drained soil in full sun ideally with a neutral ph.
Peas sown in cold, wet ground will rot so for Feb-Mar sowing are best made under cover to warm the soil and to protect from harsh frosts. Planht directly outside when the soil is warm to touch.
Pea 'Meteor' will happily grow in a large deep container with room for supports to be placed for the peas to grow up.
Sow pea seed in flat bottomed drills at a distance of 5cm (2") apart, and 4cm (1 1/2") deep. If plahnting in rows allow a distance of 60cm between them and the seedlings usually appear in 10-18 days.
An old wives tale recommends sowing North to South, this has some merit as it maximises the opportunity for the sun to burn off the dew minimising powdery mildew.
Grow: As the peas grow support them with twiggy sticks, wire or netting and use fine netting to protect pea crops from birds and pea moth damage. When growing peas, regular and thorough watering and especially when in flower as this will improve crop yields.
For successional crops, sow peas every 2 weeks.
Harvest: April to September, around 14 weeks after sowing when the pods have swollen. Regular picking will encourage further cropping.