Pea First Early May is an organically grown, very popular, versitile and reliable peas variety. It's a very early variety that can grow very tall. You can very well freeze these sweet, crinkly and wonderfully sweet-tasting peas. Peas, pods and capuchins are easy to grow yourself and are delicious flavorings for any vegetable garden. This variety has few problems with insects and diseases. You don't need to use much fertilizer. For all peas, early sowing from February to March gives the best results. If you only sow in May, problems with mildew, downy mildew and insufficient growth of pods can occur.
You can use the peas briefly cooked, steamed, stir-fried, stewed or mashed or used in salads, stews, as a delicious vegetable together with carrots, as a separate vegetable and in soups. These peas can also be frozen. Give these plants good, firm support. Also suitable for growing along high mesh. Semi-hardy annual. Height: 130 - 150cm.
40 - 45 cm
Indoor sowing: February - March
Outdoor sowing: March - April
Germination: 10 - 14 days
Germinationtemp.: 10 - 20°C
Sowing depth: 2 - 4 cm
Plant distance: 30 - 50 cm
Plant position: sunny and sheltered
Harvest period: June - July
Soak the seeds 24 hours before sowing in tepid water. The seeds soak up all the water and this helps with germination. It is also possible to pre-germinate the seeds. Place them in a bowl of warm water and let the water stand to halfway the height of the seeds. Refill often because the seeds take a lot of water in. The seeds grow thiny roots from about 1 cm long after 3 - 4 days. Sow these seeds indoors.
Sow indoors from February on. Sow in seperate pots 1 seed per pot. Cover the seeds with a thick layer of soil, because peas are dark germinators. Keep the seeds moist and keep the temperature as even as possible during the germination. Don't let the temperature drop during the night. Put the seedlings outdoors from March on. Protect the seedlings against slugs, snails and birds in the beginning. Ground the plants up as soon as they are 10 - 15 cm tall. Give high varieties a good and solid support with mesh or cains.
Sowing outdoors is possible from March. Sow the seeds 2 - 4 cm deep and cover them with sowing soil. Cover the seeds with fleece for example to protect them against birds and mice. Provide firm support from mesh and cains. Keep enough space between the rows. The space must be 60 cm for low varieties and 120 cm for high varieties. Ground the plants up as soon as they are 10 - 15 cm tall. Keep moist and weed free. Protect the young plants well against snails, slugs and birds. Apply alternating crops to prevent the development of diseases in the soil. Maintain a rotation of 4 years. This means that you don't grow peas or legumes on the grounds where the past 4 years have been peas or legumes. Pick the pods with peas regularly to promote the growth of pods.