Peas are almost entirely self pollinating, only very occasionally crossing with other plants. Set aside a section of row that is entirely for seed production, and make sure you sow at a time that will avoid pea moth To avoid physical mixing up of the seeds, separate different varieties of pea with another crop. Check the row from time to time as the peas grow, and pull up any plants that are weak or not true to type.
Some people talk about ‘resting’ the soil over winter, however the soil doesn’t rest in nature. It is a living community and although growing slows down, it still happens. You don’t have to abandon your garden in winter, there are plenty of vegetables to grow that will let you to extend the season and close the hungry gap a bit.
Permaculture teaches us to use everything more than once, some say everything should have at least 5 functions. It’s also good to use every bit of the plant and to turn waste into resources.
This week has been about cutting back and picking things. One of the (many) mistakes I have made this year is not picking things soon enough. Lots of cabbage and broccoli has gone to seed because I waited to long. I’ve still used some of it, but much of it I have been too late for. I’m going to wait until I’ve read my new book about perennial vegetables until I put anything else in it’s place.
Risottos are a great way of enjoying lots of fresh veg that is ripe without over cooking them. You can just chuck most of them in at the last minute. If you are veggie, you can always use a veggie…
It’s quite a labour intensive time of the season just now, with everything growing so quickly. It’s wonderful to see everything thriving and blooming.
This week I’ve planted more cucumbers out in the greenhouse and some outdoor beefsteak tomatoes in pots. I’ve put parsnips in and also some Mexican spinach. Learn more
The warmth in April and the rain in May has resulted in a huge growth spurt in everything, including the weeds!
We are now at the stage where we are juicing every morning and enjoying lovely salads for lunch and dinner. It’s so wonderful to be eating really vibrant and fresh produce again. Learn more