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Peas and beans are easy to grow and great for children too. Sowing in succession (every few weeks) means you'll have a continuous crop throughout the summer. Try growing sweet peas next to your runner beans to improve pollination.
Pea 'Shiraz' (Mangetout)
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From British breeding, this is the first commercially grown purple variety! The attractive bicoloured flowers of Mangetout Pea 'Shiraz' form stunning flat, purple pods that are best harvested young and eaten raw, steamed or added to stir frys. The purple pods are rich in healthy anthocyanin (antioxidant) pigment, although the colour will fade to dark green when pods are steamed or boiled. With powdery mildew resistance and good tolerance to downy mildew, this superb variety makes a handsome addition to the vegetable plot or containers on the patio. Height: 100cm (39”). Spread: 25cm (10”).
Pea 'Golden Sweet' (Mangetout)
Pisum sativum , Snow PeaThis magnificent mangetout pea makes a stunning addition to the vegetable plot. Vigorous stems reaching up to 1.8m (6') bear colourful mauve-purple blooms, followed by attractive golden-yellow pods that are produced from red-tinged leaf nodes. The crisp, sweet pods of Pea 'Golden Sweet' are delicious eaten raw in salads or steamed as a vegetable. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 25cm (10").
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