Douce Provence is the variety for autumn sowing or early spring sowing under cloches for the first pick of the season. This variety has the benefit of being fast growing and is the replacement for Feltham First. This pea can grow to a height of 75cm (30″).
Many young people today have never seen a pea-pod and only recognise peas if they come out of a plastic bag! We think this is a sad state of affairs because when grown fresh, peas are a totally different vegetable to those that are frozen. To get the sweetest flavour, peas are best cooked when picked young and cooked within 30 minutes of harvest, before the sugar has turned to starch.
WHEN TO SOW
March to June or October and November
Where to Sow
Prepare a flat bottom drill 5cm (2in) deep and 10cm, (4in) wide.
What to do next
Space seeds 5cm (2in) apart throughout the drill allowing 60cm (24in) between the drills, then cover over with soil and gently tamp down with the back of a rake. It is advisable to give some net protection against birds, once seedlings start to grow , then add some net support for plants to climb and hold the crop. Alternatively very early spring sowings can be made in February or March into a length of plastic gutter or modular cells under glass and then planted out against wires. Slide contents of gutter into a shallow drill made in the plot or space modular plants 10-15cm(4-6in) apart once hardened off.
May to September
When sowing in autumn, if the weather is severe, protect plants with cloches.
A good source of Pro-Vitamin A and Vitamins C, B1 and folic acid.