Pea & Bean A-Frame

R1,156.00

Free flat-pack shipping to SA metros.
Free delivery in Cape Town, assembled.

The fold-up A-frame is made of sturdy 38 x 38 mm pine and fastened with rust-resistant, galvanised bolts and durable synthetic netting on both sides.

The CCA pressure-treated timber frame will withstand the elements for many years.

The Pea & Bean can be folded for storage once the growing season ends.

Approximate Dimensions:
150 cm (h), 75 cm (w), 78 cm (d)

Description

How to Grow Peas from Seed

Did you know that botanically, pea pods are fruit?

Peas (Pisum sativum) originated from the Mediterranean Basin and the Near East.
Peas are a cool-season crop that must mature before the weather gets warm. The ideal growing temperature is about 13°C to 21°C.

• Ground preparation for peas
Peas like full sun or partial shade and fertile, loamy, well-drained soil. This crop will produce earlier if grown in sandy soil. The vines like to grow up a netting, a trellis, or a fence.

• Planting and spacing of the peas
Soak the seeds for four to six hours before sowing.
Sow the seeds about 5 cm deep, five to eight cm apart, in double rows. The best is to put two seeds in each hole. If you have seedlings, space them about 10 cm apart—separate rows of peas by about 45 to 60 cm.

• Watering and feeding of the Peas
Keep the ground evenly moist and prevent the soil from drying out. You will achieve a better crop if you avoid wetting the plants while they flower.
If you have, add aged manure and compost to the planting beds before planting and again at midseason.

• Some companion plants of peas
Millies, beans, cucumbers, carrots, radishes and turnips are ideal companion plants. Avoid planting the peas next to potatoes, garlic or onions.

• Growing peas in a container
You can grow peas in a 20 cm deep container.

• Pest control in peas
Peas are like any other plants that also face pest challenges. Some of the pests that like to have a go at peas are rabbits, aphids and birds. You can control the aphids by pinching out infested foliage or hosing them off. You can fence out rabbits and use netting to keep birds away.

• Disease control in peas
Some diseases that attack peas are wilt, rot, blight, mosaic and mildew. Try getting disease-resistant varieties and planting peas in well-drained soil to avoid root-rot disease. Avoid handling the vines when they are wet. Make sure you remove and destroy diseased plants.

Harvesting
Peas can be harvested 55 to 80 days after sowing. You can pick the shelling peas (garden peas, English peas, and snap peas) immediately when the pods are bulging and green before the peas start to harden. Young peas will be tastier than the older ones. Pick sugar and snow peas when the pods are 4 to 6 cm long.

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