Peas are one of the best vegetables to grow in the garden.
It is virtually impossible to buy peas that taste as good as those that are picked straight from the pod.
A good variety to try is Pea Ruthless from the Unwins Gro-Sure seed range as it combines high yields with great disease resistance.
Peas like an open sunny site and can be sown straight into the soil from March, although there are a few early varieties which can be grown from February or sown in October/November of the previous year.
Seeds should be sown in rows about 8cm (3 inches) apart and 5cm (2 inches) deep. Leave space between drills for supports to be put in place.
Mice and birds can eat the seed, so protect by covering with netting.
Remember to water peas well during dry spells and feed with Westland Potato and Vegetable Feed.