Growing your own Peas at home is wonderfully fun & can be greatly rewarding. Peas grow quickly and produce abundant tasty pea pods for use in salads, stews or as cooked vegetables. Peas are an easy vegetable to grow and can be sown all year round.

Peas are a fast growing crop and send out vine-like tendrils to climb, so the best position for peas is against a fence or trellis. Peas need full sun and a sweet soil to grow well. They should also be protected from frost in the winter months.

Prepare your garden (in the full sun) with a good quality compost. Searles® Real Organic Compost is ideal to dig into your existing soil.

Now a real trick to growing peas is to sweeten the soil with dolomite or lime. Apply about 150g per square metre and water in well. Dolomite and Garden Lime help increase the availability of soil nutrients and their uptake by the plants, which will make Peas more nutrient enriched, therefore sweeter.
Peas can either be grown from seed or purchased as seedlings. Seeds of many varieties are available in the Searles® Seed Range such as the Tasty Garden Pea, Stir-Fry Snow Pea and the Sweet Honey Snap Pea. All can be sown directly into your garden. When planting, space seeds or seedlings 8-10cm apart.
To have a regular supply of pea pods on your vine, pick regularly to the prolong harvest.

Peas do not require high nitrogen fertilisers, so fortnightly apply a mild fertiliser like SeaMax® Fish & Kelp. SeaMax® Fish & Kelp is fully organic and produces simply tasty peas.
So remember to use:

• Searles® Real Compost to prepare the soil
• Add Dolomite or Lime to sweeten the soil
• Fertilise with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp
Now you will have the most tastiest peas for all of your wonderful dishes.

Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.

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