How to Grow Peas and Pods

Peas are at their finest the moment they are picked. Grow your own and you will never eat store-bought ones again.

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These are also known as mangetout — "eat all" in French — and that's exactly what you do with these tender, crunchy pods. The young pods of any peas can be eaten whole, but these have soft inner walls, are flat, and the peas inside don't swell. Add them to stir fries, lightly steam, or eat them raw in salads. Choose a sunny, open spot, and dig the soil over about a month before sowing time. Use a rake to make a trench 1-1/4 in. deep, and sow the seed 2 in. apart. Cover the seed with soil and water in well. Push pea sticks into the ground close to the seed. Keep the plants well watered, especially when they are flowering, and during warm weather. Harvest frequently, as soon as the pods reach 2 to 2-1/2 in. long.

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