This early pea is super cold-resistant. You can sow it at the end of the fall or early spring. Harvest the young shoots or let the plants grow for delicious peas.
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Sowing time: mid-February - June and October Height: 40-50 cm Weight: 15 grams
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It’s all in the name: this pea can handle the cold. The young shoots are delicious and can be harvested quickly. The flowers are also edible.
If you let the plants grow, you get delicious peas. Sow them again in the fall to harvest winter shoots. Before you sow the peas outside, you first sprout them indoors to get the root started. Then the seedlings will thank you.
- Species name: Garden Pea Feltham First
- Family: Butterfly flower
- Plants per square patch: 9
- Height: 60 cm
- Sowing time: Mid-February till end June, and/or October
- Sowing depth: 2 to 3 cm
- Time to harvest: shoots from 6-8 weeks, peas 8-12 weeks
- Germination time: 7 to 23°C in 6 to 24 days
- Sunlight: Early in the year they like to grow in the sun, later they can grow in the sun or shade
Want to buy Winter Pea seeds? We sell the bags separately, but you can also find the beet seeds in the Seasonal Seed Pack:
What's so special about our Winter Peas?
This is one of the only pea varieties you can grow this early the season.
You grow Winter Peas not only for the peas, but for the young shoots. You harvest them in no time and they’re delicious. Sow them in the fall to harvest the shoots in winter.
If you let the plants grow, they’ll flower and then you’ll get delicious peas.
Sowing and growing Winter Peas
Before you sow the peas in your raised bed, you first pre-sprout them indoors. This gives them a head start: the plants will grow better if they seeds already produced a root.
Growing them is easy, but you’ll need to protect the young sprouts and small seedlings from birds: they love them - especially in early spring.
Harvest the pods when they’re nice and thick. Sow again in October to harvest the young shoots in winter or early spring.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Garden app.
What do you use Winter Pea for?
The young shoots are delicious in a salad or stir fry. To harvest the shoots, cut a piece off the top of the young plants. (The plants will keep growing produce more new branches.)
For the peas themselves, let the plants flower and harvest the ripe pods. Eat the peas briefly boiled or stewed. Or throw them in salads, stir-fries, or scrambled eggs with salmon: delicious!