Pea - Douce Provence
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.
Sow from March to June or October to November. 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 give some net protection from 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. Ready to harvest from May to September.