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Pea Shiraz (Mangetout)
The pretty bi-colour flowers of the Shiraz pea form stunning flat purple pods that are best harvested when young and eaten raw. Shiraz is resistant to Powdery and Downy Mildew.
Many young people nowadays have never seen a pea pod, and only recognise peas if they come out of a plastic bag from the freezer. This really is a sad state of affairs as home-grown peas are of a completely different calabre to those found in the freezer aisle.
Product Part Number: 30357
When to sow
When to Sow Shiraz Pea Seeds
April to June
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 lenght 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.
An ideal variety for adding to a mixed flower border as the purple pods will create an eye-catching feature.
A good source of Vitamins A, B1 and C and Folic Acid.