Pea - Greenshaft
Hurst Greenshaft is one of the most popular varieties. It produces heavy crops of long pointed pods which are produced in pairs containing about 10 peas of wonderful flavour. The plant will grow to an approximate height of about 60cm.
Sow from April to May. Prepare a flat bottom drill 5cm deep and 10cm wide. Space seeds 5cm apart throughout the drill allowing 60cm between the drills, then cover over with soil and gently tamp down with the back of a rake. It is advisable to use 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 apart once hardened off. The beans will be ready to harvest from July to September.